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

New AF&PA Video and Webpage Promote Improved Paper Recycling

Jan 13, 2015

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association’s (AF&PA) new What is Recyclable? webpage and Improving Paper Recycling video promote increased quantity and quality of paper and paper-based packaging recovered for recycling. These new resources are part of AF&PA’s ongoing effort to increase paper recovery.

The webpage and video are available at: 

“When using recovered fiber to make new paper products, the quality of materials used is especially important,” said AF&PA Executive Director for Recovered Fiber Brian Hawkinson. “Following the advice in our video and on our webpage improves paper recycling, which in turn helps maximize the amount of paper that can be used to make new products.”

The video encourages people to recycle a wide range of paper and paper-based packaging products and to make sure those products are clean and dry before placing them in the recycling bin.

Information on the paper and paper-based packaging items most commonly accepted for recycling in the U.S., and how to prepare them before placing them in the recycling bin, is available on the webpage.

For other information and tips on paper recycling, 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 over $200 billion in products annually, and employs approximately 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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