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

Curly’s Foods Receives National Paper Recycling Award

Jun 26, 2014

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The food company recovered 1,348 tons of paper for recycling in 2013.  

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) presented Curly’s Foods, based in Sioux City, Iowa, with its 2014 Business Leadership Award for Volume. The award, which recognizes outstanding paper recycling programs, was presented during a staff luncheon at Curly’s Foods headquarters. 

The program recovered the highest amount of paper for recycling of all applications in the Business category.

“AF&PA is proud to honor Curly’s Foods’ recycling efforts with this year’s Business Recycling Award for Volume. By emphasizing the importance of recycling and involving employees, they were able to maximize collection in an efficient manner,” said Machele Henderson, plant general manager for International Paper Recycling – Des Moines, who presented the award on behalf of AF&PA.

Curly’s Foods initiated a recycling program to recover old corrugated containers (OCC) decades ago, when they were a small meat processing company, because they recognized sustainability as a key component to a successful business. New employees are educated on the importance of recycling, and all employees are involved in the company’s environmental management system.

“Curly’s Foods is honored to receive this year’s AF&PA Business Recycling Award for Volume. Our employees have made great strides to improve paper recycling in our business, and I hope this award encourages them to reach even higher returns,” said Bob Brady, general manager for Curly’s Foods.

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 Curly’s Foods’, 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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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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