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New AF&PA Video and Webpage Promote Improved Paper Recycling

Jan 13, 2015

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WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association’s (AF&PA) new What is Recyclable? webpage and Improving Paper Recycling video promote increased quantity and quality of paper and paper-based packaging recovered for recycling. These new resources are part of AF&PA’s ongoing effort to increase paper recovery.

The webpage and video are available at: 

“When using recovered fiber to make new paper products, the quality of materials used is especially important,” said AF&PA Executive Director for Recovered Fiber Brian Hawkinson. “Following the advice in our video and on our webpage improves paper recycling, which in turn helps maximize the amount of paper that can be used to make new products.”

The video encourages people to recycle a wide range of paper and paper-based packaging products and to make sure those products are clean and dry before placing them in the recycling bin.

Information on the paper and paper-based packaging items most commonly accepted for recycling in the U.S., and how to prepare them before placing them in the recycling bin, is available on the webpage.

For other information and tips on paper recycling, free classroom resources, statistics, and more, visit

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The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy.  AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures over $200 billion in products annually, and employs approximately 900,000 men and women. 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 or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.