American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) Recycling Awards

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Launched in 2006, the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) Recycling Awards recognize outstanding paper recycling programs.

The annual awards program has been redesigned to offer increased opportunities for recognition of even more outstanding paper recycling efforts. Applicants in three categories - school, business and community - now have four chances to win in each category.

Programs/entries will be judged on:

  • Volume - total amount of paper and paperboard collected
  • Creativity - unique and innovative ways that have been used to market the program, raise awareness and generate interest
  • Participation - unique and innovative ways successful programs increased participation and tonnage collected
  • Partnerships - innovative partnerships (community, business, non-profit organizations) used to promote increased recovery
  • Four winners in each category will receive a $1,500 cash prize and a piece of original framed artwork, and will be recognized in local, national media outlets. Winners and finalists will also be featured on AF&PA's website.

    For more information visit

    Applications are due in February or March.
    Please note: the application submission timeline varies from year-to-year. Please refer to website for the most up-to-date information.

    Topic Areas: 
    Waste Management
    Target Audience: 
    Citizen and Youth Groups
    Grades Pre K-12
    Business Community
    Higher Education
    Geographic Location: 
    All Minnesota
    Outside Minnesota
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    Rashida Holmes