AF&PA Unveils New Workplace and Community Recycling Guides

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Commercial property owners and managers concerned with sustainability and community recyclers have new resources to help them build and improve upon their recycling programs.

“We are pleased to present additional resources designed to help businesses and communities build and strengthen their paper recycling programs.”

Commercial property owners and managers concerned with sustainability and community recyclers have new resources to help them build and improve upon their recycling programs thanks to updated recycling guides recently unveiled by the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA). The guides are free and available at paperrecycles.org as part of AF&PA’s mission to increase paper recovery.    

In 2008, 57.4 percent of the paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling. The industry has set a 60 percent recovery goal for 2012.

The workplace recycling guide provides tips on establishing a workplace recycling program and on educating and motivating employees. The community recycling guide encourages strong communication and provides tips on educating citizens on the importance of recycling. Examples of previous AF&PA Recycling Award-winning programs provide real life experience, and are featured both in the guides and online.

“As a result of industry leadership, community efforts, and the dedication of millions of Americans, recycling has become one of our nation’s greatest environmental success stories,” said Donna Harman, President and CEO of AF&PA. “We are pleased to present additional resources designed to help businesses and communities build and strengthen their paper recycling programs.”

Recycling not only reclaims a valuable commodity used to make new products, it also helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions by avoiding methane emissions from landfills. Since 1990, when the industry established its first recovery goal, paper recovery has grown by 78 percent.

Visit paperrecycles.org for the updated guides, information on the 2010 AF&PA Recycling Awards, statistics, case studies, and a variety of other free resources.

The American Forest & Paper Association is the national trade association of the forest products industry, representing pulp, paper, and wood products manufacturers, and forest landowners. AF&PA member companies make essential products from renewable and recyclable resources that sustain the environment. The forest products industry employs approximately 1 million workers and generates 6 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP. Visit AF&PA online at http://www.afandpa.org.

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