Paper

The EPA estimates that in 2003 there were 83.1 million tons of paper generated as MSW. The paper category includes numerous paper and paperboard (boxboard and containerboard) products as shown in Table 6.5. Corrugated boxes make up the bulk of this category in terms of the tons generated. In 2003 MSW included 29.7 million tons of corrugated boxes, representing 36% of the entire paper category. Newspapers, office papers, commercial printing papers, milk cartons, and junk mail are other major contributors to the paper category. This category does not include gypsum wallboard facings (which are classified as construction and demolition debris) or toilet tissue (which goes to sewage treatment plants).

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