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AF&PA Supports NY Bag Preemption Bill

May 20, 2016
Contact: Heather Stegner
(202) 463-2436,

WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman issued the following the statement after today’s hearing in the New York Senate Cities Committee on S.7336, which would prohibit localities from imposing any fee, tax or charge on carry-out bags. AF&PA testified in support of the bill.

“Government imposed product taxes not only increase costs for consumers, but can substantially distort the free flow of recoverable materials, such as paper. Taxes on paper bags imply that a product that is recyclable, compostable and reusable is part of the environmental problem rather than the solution.

“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.

“AF&PA thanks Senator Simcha Felder for his leadership and strong commitment on this bill.”

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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 47 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.