U.S. Recovered Paper Consumption Drops in September

Submitted by: Joan MacKenzie 12/03/2011

AF&PA Report shows significant drop in recovered paper consumption


According to the September 2011 Recovered Paper Monthly Report published today by the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), total U.S. industry consumption of recovered paper was 2.46 million tons, 7% lower than September of last year, and 4% lower than August 2011. The decrease was observed across all grades of recovered paper, most noticeably in Pulp Substitutes at 10%.  Overall, the year-to-date decrease in consumption compared to the same period in 2010 remains around 4%. On the other hand, inventories increased to their highest levels for this year, led by a 12% increase in Mixed inventories.

 U.S. exports of recovered paper increased slightly in August compared to July.  Year-to-date exports in 2011 continue to be 14% higher than last year by volume. Despite growing imports and decreasing consumption, estimated year-to-date recovery (consumption + exports imports) is 2.6% higher than the same period last year, fueled by consistently strong exports of recovered paper.