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New York’s Extended Producer Responsibility Bill Needs a Redo, Leaving 纸 Out

 New York Daily 新闻 recently ran an editorial on Albany’s proposed extended producer responsibility (EPR) bill. We agree with the editorial, and its headline statement to New York lawmakers: “Recycle This Legislative Language."

Albany must revise a proposed bill on EPR, keeping paper out of it. This proposed bill would be a devastating blow to the paper and paper-based packaging industry in New York, which employs approximately 28,000 people with family-sustaining jobs.

EPR is a solution for harder to recycle products and hazardous materials, not paper.  

纸 has a consistently high recycling rate, meeting or exceeding 63 percent for over a decade.  

U.S. packaging and pulp producers are also committed to investing more than $4.1 billion in manufacturing infrastructure, from 2019-2023, to continue the best use of recovered fiber in our products. 

Albany’s EPR scheme is a regressive solution in search of a problem. EPR fees paid by producers would reduce capital available to support further investments in paper recycling.  

So please, toss this bill into the recycle bin. It needs a redo.

的 American Forest & 纸 Association (AF&PA) serves to advance U.S. paper and wood products manufacturers through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. 的 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. 的 forest products industry accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures nearly $300 billion in products annually and employs approximately 950,000 people. 的 industry meets a payroll of approximately $60 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @Forestand纸.