Frequently Asked Questions about Recycled Paper

Thank you for your interest in 100% recycled paper! In addition to the Q&A below, please use the links to the left to find the answers to your questions. If you need additional information, please feel free to contact us.


1. What is 100% recycled paper and how is it made?

Recycled paper is made from recovered paper that has been diverted from the solid waste stream and later collected, separated, cleaned and recycled for use. These attributes make 100% recycled paperboard a great choice at a great price: overall, a smart choice for business and the environment.

Recycled paper is currently used to package a wide range of goods including dry and frozen foods, pharmaceuticals, health & beauty products, household products, club store packaging, electronic products, ready-to-eat meals, fast food and beverages.

2. What are the industry’s biggest challenges?

The biggest challenges for the 100% recycled paper industry are increasing the quantity of recovered paper available to use in our mills (i.e., the need for more paper recycling) and the quality of recovered paper (i.e., keeping paper collected for recycling clean).

3. What policy issues concern the industry?

The 100% recycled paper industry is primarily concerned about public policies that would affect the amount of recovered paper available to our mills or the quality of that paper (e.g. contamination levels). Please see our Policy Issues section for details.

4. What are the advantages of packaging products in 100% recycled paper?

Recycled paper is a versatile packaging solution that makes it an ideal candidate for folding cartons and printed top sheet on club store packaging. Recycled paperboard maintains its strength throughout production, printing and shipping. Additionally, 100% recycled paper is smooth, clean, bright and maintains uniform quality. The product also provides numerous environmental benefits.

100% recycled paper packaging offers versatility, ease of use and storage, and superior product protection while it also enables superior brand identity, product visibility, and creative merchandising opportunities. With the use of 100% recycled paper, companies can add cost savings and environmental conservation to this list of folding carton features and benefits.