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Naval air station wins paper recycling award

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) 2012 Community Recycling Award was presented to Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor, Washington.

The presentation was made as part of NAS Whidbey Island’s “Countdown to Earth Day Kickoff” event. The program stood out from more than 200 applications from 42 states as a result of successfully recovering 2,664,000 lbs. of paper and paper-based packaging in 2011, averaging 222 lbs. per person.

The award-winning program was started in 1990 as part of a larger effort to meet changes in the overall way business was conducted at Navy bases across the globe, and in the past 5 years, more than 7,300 tons of paper has been recovered for recycling. Program administrators credit their results to annual educational opportunities, community events and the sharing of best practices through publications, meetings and personal interactions.

AF&PA recently announced a record-high paper recovery rate of 66.8 percent of paper consumed in the U.S. in 2011. Programs such as the one at NAS Whidbey Island combined with the recycling efforts of millions of Americans each day will help drive the industry toward its goal to exceed 70 percent paper recovery for recycling by 2020.