Frequently Asked Questions About Paper Recycling

How can I find the paper recycling center closest to me?

Please visit www.earth911.com or contact your local public works department.

How do I get my office to recycle?

To get started, contact your office building management company or waste hauler to see what materials can be collected from your building. For detailed information on how to start a successful office recycling program, visit the many resources in Recycling: in the Workplace.

How much paper was recycled in the U.S. in 2016?

In 2016, 67.2 percent of the paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling. This is an impressive number, but there is more that needs to be done. Please visit our statistics section to learn more about the recovery rates of particular paper grades, along with information on what new products are made from the recovered materials.

How do I find someone who can pick up the recycled paper from my office?

Please contact your office building management company or waste hauler to see what materials can be collected from your building. For detailed information on how to start a successful office recycling program, visit the many resources in Recycling: in the Workplace.

How do I obtain recycling bins?

Please visit either Recycling Today or Resource Recycling to search for a recycling bin supplier.

What educational materials does your organization provide?

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) offers a variety of posters, brochures, videos, and guides for school, community, and workplace recycling. The materials are available to download and order in Order Materials.

AF&PA has also teamed-up with Scholastic to create an on-line resource on paper recycling for teachers. Click here to download activities tied to the national standards; a classroom poster; and take-home materials.