The Indian Agro & Recycled Paper Mills Association popularly known as IARPMA, the exclusive apex body of paper mills based on Waste Paper (Recycled Fibre) and Agricultural residues such as Biogases, wheat straw, rice straw, Jute, and Grasses etc function as a catalytic agent for their growth, promotion and development. The Association came in to existence in 1987 at a historic meeting of the representatives off the non-wood based mills in India. Originally the association was representing only the agro based paper mills. However on account of the demand of the recycled paper industry, where number was increasing, it was decided to amend the constitution and take recycled paper mills also. Thus the name was changed to Indian Agro & Recycled Paper Mills Association (IARPMA) from Indian Agro Paper Mills Association. Since its formation it newer looks back and grown from strength to strength and has become the exclusive spokesman of the non wood based industry. Today, IARPMA is the only Paper Industry Association in India representing around 85 per cent of paper mills with a production range of around 70-75 per cent and controlling more than 70 per cent of Indian paper market by its members.
The members of IARPMA are the champions for protecting the environment by manufacturing paper and board without cutting trees. IARPMA encouraging for planting more trees and also extending support for agro forestry as well as social forestry to protect the environment and also to create more employment in rural areas. This non-woody sector of Indian paper Industry is providing livelihood for more than 45 lakh people directly and many fold people indirectly in rural India. This segment help in backward area development on one hand and provide additional income to the farmers for the wastes (straw) which used to be wasted or burnt by them earlier.