According to the Corrugated Packaging Alliance, 91% of corrugated cardboard was recycled in 2012, a total of more than 29.1 million tons. In 1993, the nationwide corrugated recycling rate was 54.5%. To encourage retailers and consumers to recycle more cardboard, industry officials introduced the “Corrugated Recycles” symbol and educational campaign the following year.
Today, more than half of recovered corrugated is used to make new containerboard and another 12% becomes paperboard, which is used to make items such as cereal and gift boxes. About one-third is exported. The remainder is transformed into packaging, tissue, and other products.
Learn more at www.corrugated.org.
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