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AF&PA Members Achieve Progress in Recycling Goal for 2020

In 2020, the paper recycling rate was 65.7%. This rate marks significant progress towards our Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goal to exceed 70 percent rate of paper recovery for recycling by 2020. 

How to Recycle Paper if You Don’t Have Curbside Recycling

Paper products like cardboard boxes, pizza boxes, mail and paper bags are widely accepted in recycling programs throughout the U.S. So what do you do if you don’t have access to a curbside recycling program?  

Paper Products and Materials Widely Accepted for Recycling

The vast majority of Americans have access to a community paper recycling program. Items like pizza boxes, cardboard boxes and paper bags are widely collected for recycling in the United States.

Advancing Paper Recycling’s Success Into the Future

The findings presented in the 2021 AF&PA Access to Recycling Study show us that community recycling programs for paper and paper-based packaging are well-developed and widely accessible. This is good news when so many individuals are looking to make a difference on…

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.

Vast Majority of Americans Have Access to a Community Paper Recycling Program

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released a new report indicating that the vast majority of Americans, 94 percent, have access to community paper and paperboard recycling programs. 

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.

2021 AF&PA Access to Recycling Study

AF&PA commissioned the 2021 Access to Recycling Study. The study is a comprehensive national report that tracks and measures the growth of access to community paper and paperboard recycling in the U.S. The study shows 94% of Americans have access to community paper recycling programs.

U.S. Paper Industry Reaches Record for Containerboard Production in 2021

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released preliminary 2021 data from U.S. paper and paperboard mills indicating record containerboard production, the material used to make cardboard boxes.

Understanding What it Means to be a Responsible Producer

As we look ahead to 2022, there are potentially other states and jurisdictions that will consider EPR approaches that could have negative consequences for the paper and wood products industry.