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 Announces 2013 Paper Recycling Awards Winners

Mar 19, 2013
CONTACT: Jessica McFaul/Katharine Eaton (202) 463-2436,

CHICAGO – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) today announced the winners of its 2013 Recycling Awards in Chicago at Paper2013 – the premier industry event.  Now in its eighth consecutive year, the AF&PA Recycling Awards recognize outstanding paper recycling programs in three categories: Business Leadership, Community and School. 

“Voluntary paper recovery for recycling is one of our industry’s greatest success stories,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman.  “More paper is recovered for recycling from municipal solid waste streams than any other commodity, in part, because of programs across the country like these we are recognizing today.”

“We salute the winners of the 2013 AF&PA Recycling Awards for displaying excellence in paper recycling at the business, community and school levels,” added Graphic Packaging International, Inc. President and CEO and AF&PA Board Chairman David Scheible, who announced the winners.

This year’s winners each receive a $2,000 cash prize and an original framed artwork and gain media recognition through the award presentation in their local market.

2013 AF&PA Recycling Award Winners

  • Business Leadership Award – Edwards Brothers Malloy – Ann Arbor, MI Edwards Brothers Malloy is a book manufacturing business. A zero landfill vision and an education program for their 900 employees led them to recover over 12,500 tons of paper for recycling in 2012.
  • Community Recycling Award – City of Guntersville – Guntersville, AL

Guntersville’s 8500 residents recovered 865 tons of paper in 2012. A partnership with 25 organizations and collaboration between city agencies has increased public participation and awareness. Information about the program is disseminated via municipal offices and local media.

  • School Recycling Award – Bishop Watterson High School – Columbus, OH

Bishop Watterson High School recovered 18.36 tons of paper in 2012, with nearly all 1,100 students and staff actively participating in recycling efforts. The recycling program includes a number of partnerships and various classes include paper recycling in their curriculum.

In conjunction with the award announcements, AF&PA is launching the newly improved redesign of, where you can find more information about the 2013 winners.  The updated site provides a more intuitive design with greater functionality to highlight the peerless achievements being made in paper recovery for recycling. is a dedicated resource to provide up-to-date information on paper recycling news, tools and events. The site features paper recycling case studies and best practices on previous award-winning paper recycling programs; free recycling guides and classroom resources; paper recycling research and statistics; and social media links for Twitter and Facebook.  Follow the action of paper recovery @paperrecycles.


The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy.  AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020.  The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4.5 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures approximately $190 billion in products annually, and employs nearly 900,000 men and women.  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 or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.