December 2005

Paper Industry to recognize outstanding recycling efforts
2006 entry forms face February 17th deadline

Washington, DC— The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) announced that entry forms for the 2006 AF&PA Recycling Awards are available at In 2006, AF&PA will recognize outstanding individual, business, community and school recycling efforts.

AF&PA created the Recycling Awards to help promote increased paper recovery. Thanks to the dedication of millions of Americans who recycle on a daily basis, the industry currently recovers nearly 50 percent of the paper consumed in the United States. While this is a significant achievement, the industry has set a goal to recover 55 percent by 2012. Reaching the new recovery goal will require the kind of creativity and ingenuity highlighted in AF&PA Recycling Award winning programs.

Those engaged in successful paper recycling programs in the following categories are encouraged to apply:

Ed Hurley Memorial Paper Recycling Award:

AF&PA Business Leadership Recycling Awards:
•Large business (more than 150 employees)
•Small business (fewer than 150 employees)

AF&PA Community Recycling Awards:
•Community (city or county) of more than 100,000 residents
•Community of fewer than 100,000 residents

AF&PA School Recycling Awards:
•Classroom recycling program
•School-wide recycling program

Visit for complete award descriptions and entry forms. Entries must be submitted by Friday, February 17, 2006. Winners will be announced April 12, 2006, during AF&PA’s 129th Annual Paper Week.

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