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

Edwards Brothers Malloy Receives National Paper Recycling Award

May 03, 2013

CONTACT: Chuck Fuqua / Jessica McFaul (202) 463-2436

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) presented Edwards Brothers Malloy, based in Ann Arbor, Mich., with its 2013 Business Leadership Award. The award, which recognizes outstanding paper recycling programs, was presented at the 2013 Book Manufacturers’ Institute Management Conference. 

The program stood out from the other award entries for its efforts to educate employees on recycling a variety of paper grades and its waste management and reduction business practices, which led them to achieve zero-landfill status.

“AF&PA is proud to honor Edwards Brothers Malloy recycling efforts with this year’s Business Leadership Award. They drove their zero-landfill vision by educating their employees on different recyclable grades of paper and paper-based packaging and how to recycle them, and their nearly 100 percent employee participation makes their program particularly impressive,” said Mark Pitts, AF&PA’s executive director of printing & writing papers, who presented the award.

As a book manufacturer, Edwards Brothers Malloy has long been both aware of and committed to the environmental benefits of paper recycling.  A company-wide renewed commitment to sustainability in 2009 resulted in the characterization and collection of 20 different paper grades throughout the facility.  Incorporating the process into the daily workflow, coupled with employee education, has increased the volume and quality of the paper being recovered.

“We are thrilled to receive AF&PA’s 2013 Business Leadership Award for our recycling program," said Bill Upton, vice president of operations at Edwards Brothers Malloy. "I would like to thank AF&PA for this great honor, and I would like to thank all my colleagues at Edwards Brothers Malloy for their commitment and enthusiasm for the program. Achieving zero-landfill status was an important goal for us and we're proud to have our efforts recognized by AF&PA in this way."

AF&PA recently announced that 65.1 percent of all paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling in 2012.  Recycling programs such as Edward Brothers Malloy’s, combined with the recycling efforts of millions of Americans each day, help drive the industry toward its goal to exceed 70 percent paper recovery for recycling by 2020.

For more information about all the 2013 AF&PA Recycling Award winners, case studies on winners’ programs, background information, free classroom resources, statistics and more, visit  

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Better Practices, Better Planet 2020.  The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4.5 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures approximately $200 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.

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