Every year, Americans use approximately 69 million tons of paper and paperboard; more than 2 billion books, 350 million magazines, and 24 billion newspapers are printed, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The American Forest & Paper Association (AFPA) reports that nearly 400,000 people are employed by the industry, which operates 4,859 facilities, provides nearly $30 billion in payroll in payroll compensation, and ships more than $171.4 billion worth of products annually. Over the years, the industry has been a major source of pollutants released into the environment. Accordingly, in 1998, the EPA established the Final Pulp and Paper Cluster Rule to protect human health and the environment by reducing releases of toxic pollutants in the air and water, and in 2005, the AFPA launched a major sustainability initiative, Better Practices, Better Planet 2020, outlining ambitious, quantifiable goals and best practices focusing on increasing paper recycling, improving energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, promoting sustainable forestry practices, improving workplace safety, and reducing water use.
Water is a key component in pulp and paper manufacturing regardless of whether the fibers used are from virgin or recycled sources – just as important as wood fiber, according to the AFPA. The association’s member mills have lowered their water usage by six percent since 2005, halfway to AFPA’s goal of a 12-percent reduction by 2020. Mills have achieved these reductions through the reuse and recycling of process water at least 10 times throughout the paper mill process before it is ultimately sent through wastewater treatment facilities and released back into the environment.
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