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

Vance Air Force Base Receives National Paper Recycling Award

Aug 07, 2014
Base involves personnel, student pilots in paper recycling efforts. 

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) presented Vance Air Force Base, based in Enid, Okla., with its 2014 Community Recycling Award for Participation. The award recognizes outstanding paper recycling programs. 

Vance’s student population has a high turnover rate, so they conduct regular recycling education. All base personnel, including military, civil servants and contractors, complete Environmental Management System Recycling Training within 90 days of arrival at the base.

“AF&PA is proud to honor Vance Air Force Base’s recycling efforts with this year’s Community Recycling Award for Participation. They’ve gone to commendable lengths to involve base residents in their recycling program,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. 

Vance began a paper recycling program in 1986 to meet new Department of Defense guidance. The program evolved from only recycling white office paper and corrugated cardboard to recycling all paper items. Vance measures the success of their program by their diversion rate from landfills, which reached 84.5 percent in 2013. 

“We’re very proud of our recycling success and our efforts to involve everyone on our base. We thank AF&PA for recognizing our program with the 2014 AF&PA Community Award for Participation,” said Colonel Clark J. Quinn, commander of the 71st Flying Training Wing at Vance Air Force Base. 

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 Vance Air Force Base’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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