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AF&PA Applauds Removal of Paper Bag Fee

Feb 05, 2018

AF&PA: ​Heather Stegner / ​Chuck Fuqua
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WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman issued the following statement in response to the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture passing H 2121. Previous language adding a fee to paper bags was removed.

“Paper is not part of the problem communities are trying to solve. The amended bill is a recognition that a paper bag fee undermines an environmentally responsible option to plastic shopping bags. Paper bags represent a sustainable packaging option for consumers who need carryout bags.”

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About AF&PA

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.

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