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WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) Group Vice President Cathy Foley today issued the following statement in response to the qualification of the referendum to overturn California Senate Bill 270 (Padilla), which bans single-use plastic bags, imposes a 10-cent minimum tax and requires onerous post-consumer recycled content criteria on paper bags.
“The referendum’s swift qualification shows the strength of public opposition to SB 270, which would mandate a tax on consumers for choosing sustainable packaging. We are pleased that California voters will have an opportunity to reverse the Legislature’s misguided policy.
“Paper bags are a renewable, recyclable and compostable option for consumers, and have a high recovery rate compared to bags made from competing materials. In fact, the overall paper recovery rate exceeded 63 percent in 2013.”
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The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, 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 approximately $210 billion in products annually, and employs nearly 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 47 states. Visit AF&PA online at www.afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.