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

AF&PA Wins Telly Award for Improving Paper Recycling Video

Jun 17, 2015

Contact: Katharine Eaton
(202) 463-2436,

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) won a 36th Annual Bronze Telly Award for its Improving Paper Recycling video. The video promotes increased quantity and quality of paper and paper-based packaging recovered for recycling. The annual Telly Awards program honors excellence in broadcast and online video content.  

The award-winning video, which was recognized specifically for its green and eco-friendly messaging, is available at  

“AF&PA is honored to receive a Bronze Telly for our Improving Paper Recycling video, which is part of our ongoing effort to increase paper recycling nationwide,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman.

The video was developed by Leading Authorities, Inc. For their outstanding work and dedication to the finished product AF&PA thanks Creative Director James Favata, Project Manager Tori Furphy, Scriptwriter Justin Kelly, Designer/Animator Rob Kramer, and Voice Talent Icie Favata.

AF&PA recently announced that 65.4 percent of all paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling in 2014. The industry has set a goal to exceed 70 percent paper recovery by 2020 as part of its Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability initiative.

For more information about paper recycling and AF&PA’s commitment to sustainability, visit


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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