AF&PA: SB 270 Takes State in Wrong Direction

Sep 30, 2014
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Stevan Allen – (916) 718-2999, stevan@allenstrategic.com
Heather Stegner - (202) 463-2436, comm@afandpa.org

WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) Group Vice President
Cathy Foley today issued the following statement in response to Governor Brown’s
decision to sign into law California Senate Bill 270 (Padilla), which bans single-use
plastic bags, imposes a 10-cent minimum tax and require onerous post-consumer
recycled content criteria on paper bags.

“We are greatly disappointed Governor Brown has signed into law a poorly drafted,
short sighted and ill-conceived policy for California. With a stroke of his pen, the
governor has mandated a regressive tax on consumers in order to profit special
interests and put at risk hundreds of California paper-bag manufacturing jobs.

“Consumers should not be penalized for choosing sustainable packaging. Paper bags
are a renewable, recyclable and compostable packaging option for consumers who
need carryout bags, and also represent a source of jobs for the state of California.

“While California has a history of strong environmental leadership, SB 270 takes the
state in the wrong direction and sets a poor example for the rest of the nation.”

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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 $210 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
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