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Paper Products Widely Accepted for Recycling

The 2021 AF&PA Access to Recycling Study found many items which are widely accepted. 60% or more of consumers have access to community recycling programs that accept these materials.

Access to Recycling Programs That Accept Pizza Boxes

The 2021 AF&PA Access to Recycling Study found 82% of the U.S. population has access to a community recycling program that accepts pizza boxes.  

Access to Recycling Programs in the U.S.

The 2021 AF&PA Access to Recycling Study found 94% of Americans have access to a community paper recycling program.  

Access to Curbside Recycling

The 2021 AF&PA Access to Recycling Study found 79% of Americans have access to residential-curbside recycling programs- an increase of more than 14 million people since our 2014 study.

Holiday Recycling Graphic Version 2

Brown paper packages arriving on doorsteps should be recycled. This is version 2 for the holiday recycling set.

Holiday Recycling Graphic

Brown paper packages arriving on doorsteps should be recycled. This is version 1 for the holiday recycling set.

Recycle Pizza Boxes

We encourage communities to update their residential recycling programs’ guidelines to explicitly accept pizza boxes that are free of food.

How Does Recycling Work

A promo teaser graphic for AF&PA's recycling video that explains how paper recycling actually works.

Paper and Wood Products Industry Value Chain

From the replanting of trees that supply fiber and enhance the environment to recycling paper and packaging that is turned into new products, our industry is contributing to a more sustainable future. AF&PA member company contributions to a circular value chain are reflected in green.

Tissue Products and Renewable Forests

Each year the U.S. and Canada grow significantly more wood than is harvested. 

Tissue Products Use Recycled Fiber

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

Benefits of Tissues - Forestry

Take on germs with paper towels. Paper towels are widely recognized for their role in maintaining cleanliness and hygiene. And, each year the U.S. and Canada grow significantly more wood than is harvested.