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 Joins The Recycling Partnership

May 28, 2014
CONTACT: Katharine Eaton
(202) 463-2436,

Innovative new project aims to increase recycling in Southeast region

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) joined the newly created Recycling Partnership, formed by the Southeast Recycling Development Council (SERDC) and the Curbside Value Partnership (CVP), as an inaugural member.

The Recycling Partnership is designed to create public-private partnerships that provide grants and technical expertise to municipalities in the Southeast region for improvements in recycling infrastructure and education. Its goal is to drive sustainable increases in the amount of recyclable commodities recovered in the Southeast region and then expand nationally.

“The Recycling Partnership adds another important initiative to AF&PA’s ongoing efforts to increase paper and paper-based packaging recovery,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman.

AF&PA will sit on the organization’s Advisory Committee, which will make decisions regarding the communities selected for funding and the scope of each community’s implementation program.

"Part of what makes this project so exciting is that it is truly representative of the different sectors and materials of the recycling supply chain. It's foundational to our success," CVP Executive Director Keefe Harrison explains. "We're very pleased to have AF&PA as an active member of The Recycling Partnership."  

AF&PA recently announced that 63.5 percent of all paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling in 2013. The industry has a sustainability goal to exceed 70 percent paper recovery for recycling by 2020.

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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 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures approximately $210 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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