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December 2006

2007 AF&PA award entries now available

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) announced that entry forms for the 2007 AF&PA Recycling Awards are available at In 2007, AF&PA will again recognize outstanding individual, business, community, and school recycling efforts.

Thanks to the dedication of millions of Americans who recycle on a daily basis, a record 51.5 percent (51.3 million tons) of the paper used in the United Sates was recovered for recycling in 2005. 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 commitment and dedication highlighted in the AF&PA Recycling Award winning programs.

Past award winners have been highlighted in print and online media and featured extensively on the website through podcasts, videos, and program summaries. Those individuals, businesses, communities, and schools engaged in successful paper recycling programs are encouraged to apply in the following categories:

Ed Hurley Memorial Paper Recycling Award

  • Individual

AF&PA Business Leadership Recycling Award

  • Business recycling program

AF&PA Community Recycling Awards

  • Community (city or county) with fewer than 100,000 residents
  • Community with more than 100,000 residents

AF&PA School Recycling Awards

  • College & University
  • School-wide (K-12)

Visit for complete award descriptions and entry forms. Entries must be submitted by February 16, 2007.

Winners will be announced during AF&PA’s 130th Annual Paper Week at the end of March.

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