Global Recycling Day 2019 – Let’s Focus on the Youth

Mar 18, 2019

By Jordan Craig

Manager, Government and Industry Affairs


Today marks Global Recycling Day, the second anniversary of the global effort headed up by the Global Recycling Foundation to promote the importance of recycling and underscore its benefits. We’ve had many successes to date, and this year’s theme “Recycling into the Future” puts the focus on the road ahead and how educating our youth is so important. AF&PA couldn’t be more excited to assist! 

We’re proud to note that paper by weight is the most recycled material from municipal waste collection programs in the United States today. That’s a fact worth celebrating and one that would not be possible without our industry’s voluntary effort to increase paper recycling.

In 2017, 65.8 percent (or more than 50 million tons) of all paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling. The recovery rate has met or exceeded 63 percent for the past nine years. Nearly double the amount of paper is recycled than is sent to landfills and the annual paper recovery rate has nearly doubled since 1990, making paper recycling a true environmental success story.

To celebrate Global Recycling Day 2019 and educate citizens about how future goals can be reached, AF&PA offers a variety of efforts to encourage and increase paper recycling. Free interactive features, statistics, classroom materials and resources to help start or improve paper recycling programs can be found below or on

Global Recycling Day is a team effort. In Washington, D.C. the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) is promoting the initiative on Capitol Hill and inviting Senators to take part in activities.

We encourage you to help celebrate and share your photo or video online via your social channels by tagging us and using the Global Recycling Day hashtag, #RecyclingGoals. Also, follow us on @PaperRecycles as we will be posting our favorite recycling tips.


Education Materials


The Responsible Package

Paper web site

Paper Recycling One pager   

Paper Recycling in Your State

A Guide to Shredding and Recycling Paper

Why You Shouldn’t Wishcycle video

Recycling Best Practices video

What is Recyclable video




The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue 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 four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures nearly $300 billion in products annually and employs approximately 950,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $55 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.