Statistics

Packaging Recovery

Most recent data (2015) published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) indicates that paper and paperboard packaging accounts for more than three-quarters of packaging materials recovered for recycling in the U.S.

Packaging Recovery 2018

Packaging Type Million Tons Recovered Share of Total
Paper and Paperboard 31.2 75.5%
Glass 3.03
7.3%
Steel & Aluminum
2.29 5.5%
Plastic 2.15 5.2%
All Other 2.66 6.4%
Total 41.33
100%

Source: "Advancing Sustainable Materials Management,"  2015 Fact Sheet, EPA, November 2016