AF&PA recycling awards contest underway
Entries are now being sought for the 2011
American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) Recycling
Awards, recognizing outstanding business, community and school
paper recycling programs.
Thanks to the efforts of millions of Americans who recycle paper
every day, more paper (by weight) is recovered for recycling
from municipal solid waste streams than glass, plastic and aluminum
combined. In 2009, a record-high of 63.4 percent of the paper
used in the United States was recovered for recycling. That’s
the equivalent of 325 pounds for each man, woman, and child in
this country. The AF&PA Recycling Awards offer an opportunity
for the industry to recognize those engaged in successful paper
recycling programs, and to share their best practices with a
Paper recycling is a great environmental success story. Recycling
paper reclaims a valuable commodity and improves the environment
by removing paper from landfills. In fact, every ton of paper
recovered for recycling saves 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space.
Through the AF&PA Recycling Awards, the industry recognizes
and thanks communities, schools, and businesses who share our
goal of increasing the recovery of this renewable and sustainable
Organizations with award-winning programs each receive a $2,000
cash prize, a piece of original paper art and are promoted in
local and national media outlets. Details regarding award descriptions,
criteria, and entry forms are available on the paperrecycles.org
website. The deadline for entries is February 10, 2011.
Separate AF&PA Recycling Awards are given for business, community
and school (kindergarten – 12th grade) programs.