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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

Damascus Elementary School Receives National Paper Recycling Awards

Jun 06, 2014

CONTACT: Jessica McFaul / Katharine Eaton
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The school recovered 94 tons of paper for recycling in 2013.


WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) presented Damascus Elementary School in Salem, Ohio, with its 2014 School Recycling Awards for Participation and Volume. The awards, which recognize outstanding paper recycling programs, were presented at Damascus Elementary School’s end of the school year fourth grade assembly on Wednesday. 


At Damascus Elementary School, recycling is considered a life skill for students and staff, and it is stressed during class time, at lunch time, at environmental club meetings and during morning announcements. Their efforts led them to recover highest amount of paper for recycling of all applications in the School category.

“AF&PA is proud to honor Damascus Elementary School’s recycling efforts with this year’s School Recycling Awards for Participation and Volume. Highlighting the importance of paper recycling from so many angles resulted in maximum participation and a high recovery rate,” said Judy Arvan, Continuous Improvement Manager at Graphic Packaging International, who presented the award on behalf of AF&PA.


The school collects school paper, newspaper, magazines, corrugated cardboard, paperboard, brown bags, direct mail, phone books, soup can labels, and box tops.


“On behalf of Damascus Elementary School, thank you for the 2014 AF&PA Recycling Awards for Participation and Volume. We are glad to have so many students and staff involved in our recycling efforts, and these awards help to ensure that they know their efforts pay off,” said Matthew Manley, School Principal.


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 Damascus Elementary 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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