The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) Senior Director of Government Affairs Abby Sztein issued the following opposition statement in response to the New York State Legislature’s Packaging Reduction and Recycling Infrastructure Act (S4246A / A5322A), which proposes to create an extended producer responsibility program in the state:
“The American Forest & Paper Association is encouraged to see policymakers focus on improving recycling infrastructure. However, we are opposed to rushed, one-size-fits-all policies like S4246A / A5322A that do not reflect the complexities of the state’s recycling system and could impact the long-term success of highly recycled materials, like paper.
“Paper recycling is a model that works. We encourage lawmakers to oppose hasty passage of S4246A / A5322A and instead support a statewide needs assessment to better understand New York’s recycling requirements.”
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 recycle 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 afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.