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Better Practices, Better Planet 2030 Goals

August 3, 2021
We are a manufacturing sector sustainability leader. Our ambitious new set of goals, Better Practices, Better Planet 2030: Sustainable Products for a Sustainable Future, will further advance the role our industry plays and build on our achievements.

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EPA Packaging Recycling

August 3, 2021
Most recent data from the EPA  indicates that paper and paperboard packaging accounts for three-quarters of all packaging materials recovered for recycling in the U.S.

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Paper Recycling & Landfill Graph

August 3, 2021
The paper industry is proud of the investments it has made to improve paper recycling. Thanks to that effort plus participation in recycling programs, nearly twice as much paper is recycled than is sent to landfills.  

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Where Recycled Paper Goes Graph

August 3, 2021
In 2020, nearly half of recycled paper went into making containerboard - the material used to make cardboard boxes.

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Cardboard Recycling Graph

August 3, 2021
In 2020, 88.8% of cardboard boxes were recycled so keep up the good work by breaking boxes down flat, keeping them dry and clean and putting them in the bin. 

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Paper Recycling Graph

August 3, 2021
In 2020, we recovered more than 47 million tons of paper for recycling and the paper recycling rate was 65.7%. 

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Better Practices, Better Planet 2030 Goals Print Brochure

August 3, 2021
Our ambitious new set of goals, Better Practices, Better Planet 2030, will further advance the role our industry plays in the circular economy and build on our achievements to improve our planet, our people and our communities.

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AF&PA Economic Impact Methodology

August 3, 2021
The AF&PA Congressional District Impact model measures the employment, wages, and value of shipments for each of the 435 congressional districts and for the District of Columbia’s delegate district.

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AF&PA Statement of Principles for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

August 3, 2021
AF&PA is committed to positively impacting diversity, equity, and inclusion while also advancing the essential role the industry has in the local, regional and national economies. Read our DE&I Statement of Principles.

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AF&PA on Pizza Box Recycling

August 3, 2021
AF&PA has issued two statements about pizza box recycling. Pizza boxes are recycled at paper mills around the country every day. Grease and cheese are not an issue. We encourage local communities to update their guidelines.

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AF&PA Sustainability Awards Past Winners

August 3, 2021
AF&PA's Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 Sustainability Awards recognize exemplary sustainability programs and initiatives in the paper and wood products manufacturing industry and are awarded based on the merit of entries received across multiple categories. See our past winners. 

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AF&PA Design Guidance for Recyclability

August 3, 2021
This guide provides data for packaging designers and consumer brands to better understand how non-fiber elements, such as coatings and additives, impact the recyclability of paper-based packaging.