Paper recycling is being done in ways that are convenient, cost-effective, and that produce clean, high quality recovered paper. Read these success stories to find out how other cities, schools, colleges, and workplaces have developed strong recycling programs.
- Residential Success Stories
- Office Success Stories
- College and University Success Stories
- K-12 School Success Stories
- Sample Contract Language
- Sample Ordinances
Residential Success Stories
- San Franciscos 3-Cart Recycling Program provides residents with three color-coded carts for their compost, commingled recyclables, and waste in efforts to reach a 50 percent recycling goal. The program collects clean, uncontaminated paper in the commingled cart, but composts paper contaminated with food waste.
- South Kingston, Rhode Islands Pay-As-You-Throw program recycles paper as a successful strategy to reach its 40 percent recycling rate in its seasonal community of 22,000 to 30,000 residents.
- The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) Annual Recycling Awards showcase recycling leaders from businesses, communities, schools, and individuals. Read about what made Seattle, Washington and Northfield, Minnesota recycling standouts among large and small communities.
Office Success Stories
- Clean Your Files Day: Learn about the office recycling initiative sponsored by the US Conference of Mayors.
Colleges and Universities Success Stories
- Campus Zero Waste: See how colleges and universities around the country have reduced campus waste, recycled at moving days, special events, and stadiums, and developed SMART recycling strategies.
- University of Oregons Campus Recycling Program: From the Reduce Reuse Refill Campaign, to information about buying recycled, this comprehensive site details how the University of Oregon is recycling and how any other school can do the same.
- Tufts Recycles! Program: Find recycling statistics, information about composting, and reasons why to recycle.
- RecycleMania: This annual, 10-week competition among university recycling programs is helping to reduce waste in a fun, proactive way. Sign up and receive assistance on starting your own school-wide recycling program.
K-12 School Success Stories
- AF&PA Recycling Awards: Learn how other schools across the country have developed and maintained successful recycling programs.
Sample Contract Language
Find examples of language you can use when drafting contracts related to recycling.
- Conservatrees Sample Contract Language (PDF): (104 pp, 1.3MB, about PDF) Starting on page 98 of the Single Stream Recycling Best Practices Guide, refer to Conservatrees sample contract language.
Use these sample ordinances and policies when developing regulations related to recycling and waste reduction. Please note, not all of these links are specific to paper recycling.
- EPAs Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Database: Find existing contract and policy language for paper and paper products.
- Large Event and Venue Waste Reduction Model Ordinance: Also find a general plan template, both provided by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycles).
- Standard Operating Procedures for Litter Control: The REAP Standard Operating Procedure requires local governments to adopt ordinances and implement REAP Programs through cleanup efforts, enforcement, and outreach and education. The SOP requirements must be met for communities to receive local economic development grants
- Sample Ordinance for Multi-Family Recycling (PDF): (4 pp, 194 K, about PDF) See an example from North Carolinas Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance (DPPEA).
- Synthesis/Regeneration Magazine: Refer to Tim Keatings article Paper Consumption and Recycling Ordinances.