AF&PA Announces Record-High 2011 Paper Recovery Rate
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) today announced the 2011 recovery rate of paper consumed in the U.S., and winners of the 2012 Paper Recycling Awards
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) today announced the
2011 recovery rate of paper consumed in the U.S., which has reached a
record-high 66.8 percent. The recovery rate, along with winners of its 2012
Recycling Awards, was announced at the industry's annual event - Paper2012 -
in New York City.
The level of
paper recovery for recycling achieved in 2011 is nearly double the industry
benchmark of 33.5 percent set in 1990, the year the industry established its
first recovery goal. Recovering paper for recycling helps extend the life of
paper and paper-based packaging products and is an integral part of the
industry's sustainable practices.
announcement is the first since AF&PA established a new goal to exceed 70
percent paper recovery by 2020 as part of its comprehensive sustainability
initiative: Better Practices, Better Planet 2020.
nearly doubled our industry's recovery rate in just two decades is an amazing
achievement," said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. "Paper
recovery for recycling is an important part of our Better Practices, Better
Planet 2020 sustainability initiative, and I am proud of the commitment our
industry continues to make toward increasing paper recovery and building on our
legacy of sustainability leadership."
annually recognizes new and innovative programs that aim to increase the amount
of paper recovered for recycling through the AF&PA Recycling Awards. Awards
are given in three categories: Business Leadership, Community and School.
heights in paper recovery are made possible by the efforts in communities,
schools and businesses across the country, as exhibited by our award winners
for 2012," Harman said. "Our award winners' achievements are models
for how all of us can better the communities in which we live."
received more than 200 applications from 42 states. This year's winners each
receive a $2,000 cash prize, a piece of original paper art, and will be
featured on the awards program website, www.paperrecycles.org.
2012 AF&PA Recycling Award Winners
Business Leadership Award - One
American Center - Thomas Properties Group, Austin, Texas
One American Center is a 32-story office building in downtown Austin. Through
an education campaign and open communication with the recycling hauler and
janitorial staff, One American Center tenants recovered approximately 505
pounds of paper and paper-based packaging per tenant in 2011 totaling 145,000
pounds with an additional 208,000 pounds of shredded confidential files.
Community Recycling Award - Naval Air
Station Whidbey Island (NAS Whidbey Island) - Oak Harbor, Wash.
NAS Whidbey Island successfully recovered 2,664,000 pounds of paper and
paper-based packaging in 2011, averaging 222 pounds per person, with a running
five-year total of more than 7,300 tons. Organizers credit a multi-prong
approach to outreach that includes annual educational opportunities, community
events, and the sharing of best practices through publications, meetings, and
School Recycling Award - Perry High
School, Perry, Ohio
Perry High School's 600 students and faculty recovered 280,000 pounds of paper
and paper-based packaging in 2011, an average of 466 pounds per person. As the
responsibility and brain-child of a variety of student groups, the program
services both the campus and the community. Education, outreach, and local
partnerships have all been integral to the program's success.
the AF&PA Recycling Awards recognize paper recycling programs across the
country that inspire and educate communities on increasing paper recovery for
recycling. For more information about the 2012 winners, case studies on
previous winners' programs, background information, free classroom resources
and more, visit www.paperrecycles.org.
The American Forest & Paper
Association is the
national trade association of the forest products industry, representing pulp,
paper, packaging and wood products manufacturers, and forest landowners.
Our companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and
recyclable resources that sustain the environment. The forest products
industry accounts for approximately 5 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing
GDP. Industry companies produce about $175 billion in products annually
and employ nearly 900,000 men and women, exceeding employment levels in the
automotive, chemicals and plastics industries. 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.