WASHINGTON, DC, Dec. 29, 2014 (Press Release) -American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) Group Vice President Cathy Foley today issued the following statement in response to the submission of signatures supporting a referendum to overturn California Senate Bill 270, which Governor Brown signed into law. When the signatures are verified, the referendum will suspend SB 270 and appear on the Nov. 8, 2016 state ballot. If the law goes into effect it will ban single-use plastic bags, impose a 10-cent minimum tax and require onerous post-consumer recycled content criteria on paper bags.
"We oppose fees and bans on paper packaging and were disappointed that Governor Brown signed SB 270 into law. Paper bags are made from a renewable resource, are 100 percent recyclable and have a high recovery rate compared to bags made from competing materials. Taxing them implies that they are part of the environmental problem.
"Paper bags are a sustainable packaging option for consumers and we support Californians' right to make the final decision on SB 270."