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AF&PA Supports NY Senate Passage of Bag Preemption Bill

Jan 18, 2017

Contact: Heather Stegner
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WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman issued the following the statement after today’s passage of SB 362 in the New York state Senate, which would prohibit localities with over 1 million residents from imposing any fee, tax or charge on carry-out bags.

“AF&PA supports this bill because paper bags are not part of the problem New York is trying to solve. These taxes wrongfully penalize a commodity that is highly recycled, compostable and made from a renewable resource.

“The paper and paper-based packaging industry has achieved a consistently high rate of recovery voluntarily. In 2015, 66.8 percent of all paper consumed in the United States was recovered for recycling, and the recovery rate has met or exceeded 63 percent for the past six years.”

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The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures over $200 billion in products annually, and employs approximately 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.