Michael Dunn Center Receives National Paper Recycling Awards

Jun 30, 2014

CONTACT: Jessica McFaul / Katharine Eaton
(202) 463-2436, comm@afandpa.org

The non-profit boosts recycling through creativity, participation and partnerships.

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) presented Michael Dunn Center, based in Kingston, Tenn., with its 2014 Business Recycling Awards for Creativity, Participation and Partnerships. The awards recognize outstanding paper recycling programs. 

Michael Dunn Center empowers the people who work in its recycling program and, in turn, they have made others in the community aware of the importance of recycling.

“AF&PA is proud to honor Michael Dunn Center’s recycling efforts with this year’s Business Recycling Awards for Creativity, Participation and Partnerships. Educating their employees has enabled them to carry the recycling message to the wider community, which facilitates increased participation and a variety of partnerships,” said Craig Reeves, national sales manager for Resolute Forest Products – Recycling Division, who presented the award.

Michael Dunn Center’s mission is to empower individuals living with disabilities to help them gain independence. They started their recycling program in 2000 to provide employment opportunities to people living with disabilities. Over the years, they’ve grown community participation and have forged various partnerships, enabling them to  recycle over 1000 tons of paper.

“Thank you to AF&PA for recognizing our paper recycling program on so many levels. We are proud of our efforts and ensuing success, and hope to inspire similar programs around the country,” said Mike McElhinney, president and CEO of Michael Dunn Center.

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 Michael Dunn Center’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 paperrecycles.org


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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 www.afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.