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AF&PA Announces Support for RECYCLE Act of 2019

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WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Heidi Brock issued the following statement in support of Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Debbie Stabenow’s (D-MI) “Recycling Enhancements to Collection and Yield through Consumer Learning and Education (RECYCLE) Act of 2019” (S. 2941). 

“The RECYCLE Act will educate consumers on the right ways to recycle and is one of the best ways we can increase the quantity and quality of paper in the recycling stream. We are thankful for the collaborative work Senators Portman, Stabenow, Collins, Young and Wyden have undertaken to engage stakeholders on this important legislation and are eager to work with all parties to move this bill forward.  

“Our industry has achieved record-setting paper recovery rates for recycling, but we also recognize the U.S. recycling system is faced with challenges that begin at the bin. Providing grants to fund recycling education programs is a positive step in working to dispel recycling myths, discourage ‘wishcycling’ and arm consumers with the resources they need to contribute to a U.S. recycling success story.” 


The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance U.S. paper and wood products manufacturers through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. The forest products industry is circular by nature. AF&PA member companies make essential products from renewable and recyclable resources, generate renewable bioenergy and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative —Better Practices, Better Planet 2030: Sustainable Products for a Sustainable Future. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 5% of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures about $350 billion in products annually and employs about 925,000 people. The industry meets a payroll of about $65 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 43 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper