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What Happens at a Materials Recovery Facility

Question: After your recycling is picked up, where does it go? Answer: Once the recycling truck has picked up your paper and other recyclables, it heads over to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF).

AF&PA Announces Award-Winning Sustainability Projects

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) announced its 2021 Sustainability Award winners. These awards recognize exemplary sustainability programs and initiatives in the paper and wood products manufacturing industry.

Is this Recyclable? Extreme Edition

We get a lot of questions about is this recyclable or not. We also see a lot of things put into the recycling bin that might be considered outrageous. Learn the difference between accepted for recycling and recyclable.

National Forest Products Week Celebrates Essential People and Products

During National Forest Products Week, the American Forest & Paper Association celebrates the essential people who make sustainable products used by Americans each and every day.

Industry Experts Weigh in on Masks and Recycling

Industry experts weigh in to answer if masks belong in the recycling bin.

Opinion: California AB 416 Threatens Critical Housing Initiative and Impedes Environmental Progress

Heidi Brock and Derek Nighbor explain how the California Deforestation-Free Procurement Act (AB 416) could significantly disrupt Governor Newsom’s laudable housing objectives.

AF&PA Dynamic Fiber Flows: Background

The Dynamic Fiber Flows model measures the complex behaviors and trade-offs associated with changes to paper recovery and recovered fiber utilization in paper products based on system-wide interactions in the paper value chain to better inform decision makers. This download includes the project…

AF&PA Testifies on How Paper and Wood Products Are Essential to the Circular Economy

AF&PA's Brian Hawkinson delivered testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Hawkinson highlighted the industry’s recycling success story and the importance of our products to the circular economy.

U.S. Paper Industry and Paper Recycling Remain Resilient During Pandemic

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Heidi Brock released the following statement on the U.S. paper and wood products industry and paper recycling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tissue Products Use Recycled Fiber

Nearly 90% of paper towel manufacturers use recycled fiber to make new paper towel products.

Benefits of Tissues - Recycling

Take on germs with paper towels. Paper towels are widely recognized for their role in maintaining cleanliness and hygiene. Nearly 90% of paper towel manufacturers use recycled fiber to make new paper towel products.

Paper Recycling Success

Paper is one of the most widely recycled materials in the U.S. According to the EPA, more paper by weight is recovered for recycling from municipal solid waste streams than plastic, glass, steel, and aluminum combined. Our industry’s success in paper recycling is because our systems are voluntary…