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

The Recycling Partnership to Improve Recycling Rates

Jul 10, 2014

CONTACT: Katharine Eaton
(202) 463-2436,

Innovative project provides funding, technical assistance to increase recycling in Southeast region.

WASHINGTON – The Recycling Partnership has selected the initial group of cities in the Southeast region to work with. The cities will be announced once final negotiations are completed on the scope, design and public-private funding plans to implement recycling program improvements. The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) is an inaugural partner of this innovative project.

The selected cities will receive technical and financial assistance around four key areas:

  • Access: Ensuring all households with curbside collection are served by large roll carts.
  • Education and Outreach: Increasing participation and reducing contamination of recyclable materials.
  • Regional Coordination: Creating strategy across the entire supply chain; ensuring use of best management practices.
  • Champion Building: Bolstering support from local and state elected officials.

“The industry has a sustainability goal to exceed 70 percent paper recovery for recycling by 2020,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. “Our participation in The Recycling Partnership adds another component to our ongoing paper recovery efforts.”

“We are eager to grow the industry’s significant investment in promoting increased paper and paper-based packaging recovery and to eventually see The Recycling Partnership expand nationally,” added Johnny Gold, senior vice president, Recycled Fibers Division, Newark Recycled Paperboard Solutions, and chairman of AF&PA’s Recovered Fiber Sector.

In addition to AF&PA, inaugural partners of The Recycling Partnership include: Alcoa Foundation, Amcor, American Chemistry Council, the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers, Ball Corporation, Carton Council, Coca-Cola, Sonoco and SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association. Curbside Value Partnership is managing this collaborative initiative.

AF&PA recently announced that 63.5 percent of all paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling in 2013. To find out more about the industry’s recovery efforts, 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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