Studies

Studies

2014 Community Access Survey​ - Paper and Paperboard Recycling Programs

Since 1994, the American Forest & Paper Association has performed a series of national surveys to measure the extent and track the growth of access by the public to community-level paper and paperboard recycling. In recent iterations, the survey has also addressed the prevalence of single-stream collection in curbside recycling systems. The most recent survey was conducted in 2014.

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Recycling Paper-Based Foodservice Packaging

The industry is working to better understand how recovered fiber containing paper- based foodservice packaging (FSP) is being used to make new paper-based products.In September 2018, AF&PA published its Foodservice Packaging Recyclability Assessment Report, documenting the industry’s ability to use FSP in manufacturing new paper and paper-based packaging. Key findings from the report are at the link below.

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MIT and AF&PA China White Paper

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), working with AF&PA, published this White Paper to quantify the volume of recovered fiber potentially affected by the China import policy, identify which U.S. manufacturing sectors could theoretically consume additional recovered fiber that would otherwise be exported to China, and using input from subject matter experts, suggest potential ways to address fiber gaps.

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