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Making Paper New Again: The Limits of Recycling Paper

Paper is one of the great recycling success stories in the United States.

In the 1980s, as the movement toward more conscientious treatment of the Earth and its natural resources grew, paper was one of the first products to be widely recycled. In 2016, 67.2 percent of all of the paper used in the United States was recycled — that's a record high, and more than double the rate of 33.5 percent in 1990, according to the American Forest & Paper Association.

Today, paper is the most recycled material on the planet, and despite already reaching record high levels, the push is on to reach the maximum practical paper recovery rate of 80 percent.

But why can't we recover 100 percent of recycled paper?


Source: Domtar Newsroom


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