Recycled paper can have several meanings, but the most consistent definition is derived from our federal government’s guidelines. Almost all state and local government and business procurement specifications now reference the Environmental Protection Agency’s guidelines on recycled paper. The EPA guidelines require a minimum of 30% post-consumer content for uncoated printing and writing paper, and a minimum of 10% post-consumer content for coated papers. Other forms of paper, such as newsprint, corrugated packaging, tissue, and others, also require post-consumer content. The EPA doesn’t consider mill broke, the unprinted trimming and converting scrap from paper mills themselves, recycled content. The manufacturing of recycled paper offers numerous environmental benefits including the use of materials that otherwise would be shipped to landfill sites where they would produce significant amounts of greenhouse gases. The recovery rate of recyclable material in the United States is 52%, which means 48% is still being sent to landfills.