Corrugated is the Most Recycled Packaging Material

05/28/15 at 02:22 PM

This the 4th year in a row corrugated holds its place as the most recycled packaging material. According to a survey conducted by The American Forest & Paper Association the recovery rate for old corrugated containers (OCC) has hovered right around the 90% mark – that’s 90% of the corrugated produced in the U.S. successfully recovered for recycling, leaving a smaller environmental impact on our planet than any other packaging material. 

According to "Corrugated packaging has long been the hero of recycling efforts in the United States, and according to the U.S. EPA, the recovery of corrugated packaging far outstrips that of other packaging materials. In 2012, the EPA published a municipal waste characterization report showing that corrugated accounted for 74.6% of the packaging that was recovered for recycling. Far behind, 8.3% of recovered packaging was glass; 4.9% plastic; 4.4% metal; and 7.8% “all other” packaging materials."

This is great news for companies and consumers  that care about sustainability.