The AF&PA previously established a 55-percent recovery goal by 2012, but now has raised that bar to 60 percent by the same year.
The latest numbers were unveiled April 1 in New York City during the industry´s 131st Annual Paper Week conference.
"Industry is demonstrating a real commitment to environmental sustainability by continuing to set and achieve aggressive paper recovery goals," said Donna Harman, president and CEO of the AF&PA trade group.
The country recovered 53.4 percent for recycling in 2006, and the jump to 56 percent was aided by two factors. More than 1 million more tons of paper were recovered in 2007, but the overall supply of paper used in the United States fell by about 4 million tons year-to-year.
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