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

Bishop Watterson High School Receives National Paper Recycling Award

May 17, 2013

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

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) presented Bishop Watterson High School in Columbus, Ohio with its 2013 School Recycling Award Friday morning.  

The school’s recycling program stood out from other award entries for its strong service component, which is inherent in the curriculum and culture and is credited with helping them achieve rapid and impressive results.

“On behalf of AF&PA, it is my pleasure to present Bishop Watterson High School with this year’s AF&PA School Recycling Award. And as an alumnus of this school, I’m proud of the great example Bishop Watterson is providing in the recycling arena,” said Bill Theado, vice president and general manager for the Midwest recovery and recycling division at Newark Recycled Paperboard Solutions.

The paper recycling program at Bishop Watterson is administered on a volunteer basis by an environmental science teacher with the assistance of student council students and advisors, the maintenance staff, and the administrative staff.  All student council members are engaged in the collection of recyclables from their homerooms and volunteer to help encourage and educate fellow students with their recycling efforts in the cafeteria.  In addition to paper recycling bins in the classrooms, art rooms, technology department, library and offices, the school encourages the recovery of the kraft lunch bags used daily by approximately 500 students.  Nearly 87,500 such bags are recycled annually as a result.

“I am very proud of our students' accomplishments and grateful to the American Forest & Paper Association for this very generous award acknowledging our paper recycling efforts,” said Bishop Watterson High School Principal Marian A. Hutson.

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 Bishop Watterson High School’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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