AF&PA Invites Recycling Award Submissions

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) kicked off its 2009 Recycling Awards and invited the nation's business, community, school, and college/university paper recycling programs to tell their stories and get the recognition they deserve. Applications and information are available at

A record high 56 percent of the paper consumed in America was recovered for recycling in 2007. The paper industry's efforts to steadily increase this recovery rate, educate the public, and ensure that recovered fiber is used to make new products are all a critical part of the industry's efforts to improve and protect the environment.

"AF&PA's Recycling Awards are an exciting way for the industry to recognize outstanding paper recycling programs across the country," said AF&PA President and Chief Executive Officer Donna Harman. "Reaching the 60 percent recovery goal that the industry has set for the nation will require even more of the creativity, innovation, and education outreach that has allowed us to come this far. We want to reward good ideas so we can do even better."

The 2009 AF&PA Recycling Award winners will be flown to New York City for AF&PA's 132nd Paper Week (March 22 – 24), where they will be recognized nationally and receive a cash prize and original framed artwork.

Entries must be submitted by Feb. 4, 2009.

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