AF&PA works with Congress to Promote Recycling Awards

May 14, 2014
  By Laura Pickard
  Manager, PAC & Grassroots
 

  In March, Katie Missimer posted a blog about AF&PA’s Better
  Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability awards. Today, I am
  writing about another set of AF&PA awards and their connection
  to our work with Members of Congress on behalf of the forest
  products industry.  

On Tuesday, April 22, in conjunction with Earth Day, AF&PA announced our 2014 Recycling Awards winners. These awards recognize the important involvement of businesses, schools, and communities in increasing the amount of paper recovered for recycling in the United States.

Please join me in congratulating the following winners and the members of Congress who represent them:

Creativity
•    Community Winner – Township of Nutley (Nutley, N.J.) – Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11)
•    School Winner – Greenhill School (Addison, Texas) – Rep. Kenny Marchant (TX-24)
•    Business Winner – Michael Dunn Center (Kingston, Tenn.) – Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03)

Participation
•    Community Winner – Vance Air Force Base (Enid, Okla.) – Rep. Frank Lucas (OK-03)
•    School Winner – Damacus Elementary School (Salem, Ohio) – Rep. Bill Johnson (OH-06)
•    Business – Michael Dunn Center (Kingston, Tenn.) – Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03)

Partnership
•    Community Winner – Metro Waste Authority (Des Moines, Iowa) – Rep. Tom Latham (IA-03)
•    School Winner – Ocosta High School (Westport, Wash.) – Rep. Derek Kilmer (WA-06)
•    Business Winner – Michael Dunn Center (Kingston, Tenn.) – Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03)

Volume
•    Community Winner – Township of Nutley (Nutley, N.J.) – Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11)
•    School Winner – Damacus Elementary School (Salem, Ohio) – Rep. Bill Johnson (OH-06)
•    Business Winner – Curly’s Foods, Inc. (Sioux City, Iowa) – Rep. Steve King (IA-04)

These awards are yet another example of the paper and wood products manufacturing industry’s proud tradition of achievement in recycling. Since 1990, the annual paper recovery rate has nearly doubled, making it a true environmental success story.

AF&PA is now working with congressional caucuses to promote the recycling awards, our recovery rate success, and our industry, including:

•    The House Recycling Caucus, co-chaired by Reps. John Shimkus (IL-15) and Frank Pallone (NJ-06)
•    The Senate Recycling Caucus, co-chaired by Sens. Tom Carper (D-DE) and John Boozman (R-AR)
•    The Congressional Paper Caucus, co-chaired by Reps. Michael Michaud (ME-02) and Reid Ribble (WI-08)

These caucuses present excellent opportunities for lawmakers to learn more about and promote our industry and its significant contributions to the economy and the environment.  Whether a congressional district is home to a paper facility or not, all American citizens are affected by our industry and our products. That is why these bi-partisan groups are open to all Members of Congress, whether they represent paper industry employees, care about policy issues facing the industry, or simply want to learn more. 

AF&PA is currently working to increase membership in the House and Senate Recycling Caucuses and the Congressional Paper Caucus. You can help by contacting your senators and representatives and asking them to join.  Don’t know where to begin? AF&PA’s Grow the Vote website  features a letter that you can send to your representatives about the Congressional Paper Caucus, and you can use it to write letters for the Recycling Caucuses also!