AF&PA Disappointed the Bag Tax Stands

Dec 17, 2017

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AF&PA Disappointed the Bag Tax Stands 

WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman issued the following statement in response to the City Council ordinance to place a five-cent fee on recycled paper bags becoming law.

“We are greatly disappointed that this short-sighted and ill-conceived paper bag fee is becoming law. This is a missed opportunity to ensure that consumers can continue to choose paper bags as a sustainable packaging option.

“This policy takes Massachusetts in the wrong direction and sets a poor example for the region.” 

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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 four 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 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.