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

Greenhill School Receives National Paper Recycling Award

May 20, 2014

CONTACT: Jessica McFaul / Katharine Eaton
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WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) presented the Greenhill School, in Addison, Texas, with its 2014 School Recycling Award for Creativity. The award, which recognizes outstanding paper recycling programs, was presented at Greenhill’s end of school year assembly.  

Greenhill School’s creative endeavors include videos featuring kindergarten students that educate the school community on what can and cannot be recycled; student-led assemblies with question and answer sessions on recycling; and handmade posters that are hung around the school buildings with concise information regarding recycling and what is accepted.

“On behalf of AF&PA, I am proud to honor Greenhill School’s recycling efforts with this year’s School Recycling Award for Creativity. Their initiatives deeply engage students, creating a bottom-up approach to paper recycling,” said Bobby Pirtle, supply manager at RockTenn Company’s Dallas Mill, who presented the award.

Greenhill School’s recycling program is a campus-wide endeavor with recycling bins in every office and classroom.  Greenhill did a trash audit to determine what was ending up in the regular trash and what was ending up in the recycling bin. The results enabled them to improve their paper recycling program.

“I am very proud of our students' creative paper recycling initiatives and we are all grateful to AF&PA for acknowledging our efforts through this wonderful award,” said Greenhill’s Head of School Scott Griggs.

AF&PA recently announced that 63.5 percent of all paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling in 2013.  Recycling programs such as Greenhill 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 2014 AF&PA Recycling Award winners, case studies on winners’ programs, background information, free classroom resources, statistics and more, visit 

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