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Paper Recycling March 03, 2021 02:55:43 PM

AF&PA Released New Tool to Further Advance Paper Recycling

Paul Ploumis
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The findings in the report are the result of the AF&PA member survey of as many as 86 mills in the U.S. and Canada.

AF&PA Released New Tool to Further Advance Paper Recycling

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): The American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA) released a new tool ‘The Design Guidance for Recyclability’, which offers resources to assist packaging designers and brands in designing and manufacturing packaging that meet recyclability goals. It provides details on impacts of non-fiber elements, such as coatings and additives on the recyclability of paper-based packaging. 

According to Heidi Brock, president and CEO, AF&PA, the increased consumer preference for sustainable packaging has forced brands to add more recyclable packaging to their portfolio. The guide would be a true asset to those seeking to innovate around sustainable packaging.

The findings in the report are the result of the AF&PA member survey of as many as 86 mills in the U.S. and Canada.

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AF&PA guide notes that improvements in recycling technology, have made non-fiber treatments easier to recycle than before. Another key finding was that application of nonfiber element to different kinds of packaging was not even rated as a challenge by many mills.

The report also provides resources about the recycling process, standards and testing facilities in connection with specific nonfiber elements.

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