AF&PA’s Community Survey is a comprehensive national study that measures and tracks the growth of access to community-level paper and paperboard recycling in the U.S. The survey results complement the findings of several studies that AF&PA has conducted since 1994. Data gathered in the survey will guide AF&PA’s work with its partners to increase the quantity and the quality of paper recovered for recycling.
Key findings from the survey include:
- 87 percent of the U.S. population (268 million people) have access to curbside or drop-off recycling programs.
- 62 percent of the U.S. population (191 million people) have access to curbside recycling programs.
- 64 percent of the U.S. population (196 million people) have access to drop-off recycling programs.
- Increased recycling access to many mixed paper grades—especially direct mail, telephone directories, and coated and uncoated paperboard. The survey results suggest that communities with existing curbside and drop-off programs are adding paper and paperboard categories to their programs.
- Growth in curbside programs employing single-stream collection systems.