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 Community Recycling Award Presented to Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency

Apr 22, 2011
Chuck Fuqua (202) 463-2466

WASHINGTON, DC –The 2011 American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) Community Recycling Award was presented today to Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency (OCRRA) in North Syracuse, New York.  The annual awards recognize outstanding community, business, and school paper recycling programs across the country.

“Recycling is a true sustainability success story, bringing economic, environmental and social benefits to communities across the country” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman.  “It is through the tireless and innovative efforts of people engaged in programs, such as Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency, that we have achieved such great heights.”

Through a comprehensive outreach program, OCRRA has helped the 450,000-member community achieve new heights, including the recovery of 165,000 tons of paper and paper-based packaging in 2010.

Curbside collection, drop-off locations, and annual “Shred-O-Rama” and book recycling events are all staples of the OCRRA paper recovery program. Further contributing to the success is a combination of education efforts including multi-media advertising, newsletters, emails, and Facebook fan page updates.

“The success of OCRRA’s recycling program is due to the amazing community-wide effort put in by our residents every single day,” Sarah Stewart, OCRRA recycling specialist.

Thanks to the on-going daily efforts of millions of Americans, 63.5 percent of the paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling in 2010. Coupled with the renewable nature of the raw material, recovering paper for recycling helps extend the life of paper and paper-based packaging products, and is an important part of the industry’s sustainable practices.

Just last month, AF&PA launched a new initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 – to further that commitment to sustainability.  As part of this initiative, a new recovery for recycling goal has been set to exceed 70 percent by 2020.  The participation of millions of Americans who collect paper for recycling at home, school and work every day will be essential to achieving this new goal, and programs, such as that initiated by the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency, are examples of how we can all help recover paper for recycling.  More information on the Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 initiative can be found at

AF&PA sponsors this annual awards program to recognize best-in-class efforts in education and innovation in recycling.  Details regarding the award-winning programs, background information, free classroom resources, and more are available at


The American Forest & Paper Association is the national trade association of the forest products industry, representing pulp, paper, packaging and wood products manufacturers, and forest landowners.  Our companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources that sustain the environment.  The forest products industry accounts for approximately 5 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP.  Industry companies produce about $175 billion in products annually and employ nearly 900,000 men and women, exceeding employment levels in the automotive, chemicals and plastics industries.  The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states.  Visit AF&PA online at