Environmental

The corrugated industry continues to improve its recovery rate for old corrugated containers (OCC). In 2013, the recovery rate for OCC was 88.5%, up from 54.5% in 1993. Additionally, more OCC was used by U.S. paper mills-rising 3.9% in 2013 to 19.8 million tons. This is a direct result of the corrugated industry’s focused effort on being good stewards of the environment. The higher recovery rate reduces the amount of corrugated sent to landfills which results in reduced levels of greenhouse gas emissions. Results of a comparative life cycle analysis conducted in 2010 showed that between 2006 and 2010, the industry reduced its greenhouse emissions by 32%. In addition to the solid improvement in this global warming indicator, there were a number of significant improvements in other environmental impacts as well including eutrophication (reduced by 22%), consumption of fossil fuels (down 12%), and a respiratory effects indicator decreased by 14%. The corrugated industry is conducting a 3rd LCA based on 2014 data and results will be available in 2016.