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AF&PA Applauds Removal of Bag Provision in Massachusetts

Paper bags are recyclable

June 30, 2016 - American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman issued the following statement in response to the Massachusetts State Budget Conference Committee sending a budget to Gov. Charlie Baker without the Senate language requiring stores to charge at least 10 cents for paper bags.

“We applaud the Conference Committee for striking a short sighted and ill-conceived paper bag fee provision in the state budget — which is not intended to set policy. The committee's action ultimately recognized that paper bags represent a sustainable packaging option for consumers who need carryout bags.”

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 $200 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 or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.

SOURCE: American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA)

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