Research Reports

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) 2014 Community Access Survey (2014 Survey) shows that 96 percent of Americans have access to curbside and/or drop-off community-level paper and paperboard recycling. Access increased for each of the 12 grades of paper and paperboard included in the survey; access for nine of the 12 grades is now at or above 90 percent. Since 1994, AF&PA has performed a series of national surveys to measure the extent and track the growth of access to community-level paper and paperboard recycling. This Executive Summary presents background information on the survey methodology and highlights notable findings of the 2014 Survey, as well as trends from prior years. Complete details can be found in the report.

Press Releases

AF&PA Case Studies Offer a Roadmap to Successful Recycling

Aug 06, 2009

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) today unveiled case studies of its 2009 AF&PA Recycling Award-winning programs that organizations can use as “how-to” guides to create their own successful paper recycling programs in schools, universities, businesses, and communities.

The case studies, available at, provide detailed information on how each of the winners developed innovative strategies for administration, public outreach, collection methods, and building partnerships.   The full case studies, complete with brief video clips and sample outreach materials, are available online to provide easy access to those involved in developing and executing paper recycling programs.  

Recycling is one of America’s great environmental success stories and the paper industry is proud to have played a central role in the significant growth in paper recovery in recent years. AF&PA is pleased to present this information so that others can benefit from the award winners’ experiences and apply these techniques to improve or expand their own programs,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman.

The case studies feature  Wake County, North Carolina’s FEED THE BIN program; Stanford University; Giant Eagle, Pittsburgh; and Orange County, North Carolina.

Thanks to successful programs like these and the on-going efforts of millions of Americans, AF&PA in March announced that a record-high 57.4 percent of the paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling in 2008.  The paper industry’s goal is 60 percent recovery by 2012.


AF&PA is the national trade association of the forest, paper, and wood products industry. AF&PA represents companies and related associations that engage in or represent the manufacture of pulp, paper, paperboard, and wood products. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 6 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing output, employs more than one million people, and ranks among the top 10 manufacturing employers in 42 states with an estimated payroll exceeding $50 billion. Visit AF&PA online at