American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman issued the following statement after the passage of Resolution 1207 in Suffolk County, New York, which imposes a 5-cent tax on paper bags and single-use plastic bags. “AF&PA believes that paper bags should be excluded from these kinds of measures, which are aimed at limiting the use of plastic carryout bags. Suffolk County is wrongfully penalizing paper bags and implying that a product that is highly recycled, frequently reused, and often composted is part of the environmental problem rather than the solution. “Government imposed product taxes not only increase costs for consumers, but can substantially distort the free flow of recoverable materials, such as paper. The paper and paper-based packaging industry has achieved a consistently high rate of recovery voluntarily. In 2015, 66.8 percent of all paper consumed in the United States was recovered for recycling, and the recovery rate has met or exceeded 63 percent for the past six years.”
Today, at the conclusion of the annual meeting of the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers (CCFM), Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) announced its strong support for the Ministers’ commitment to strengthen Canada’s forest sector through a renewed national vision.
The CCFM meeting is an annual gathering of Canada’s federal, provincial, and territorial Ministers and Deputy Ministers responsible for forestry. First established in 1985, the CCFM annual meeting provides a great opportunity for political leaders from across Canada to come together to discuss forest sector challenges and opportunities, as well as to talk about current and emerging forestry-related issues and trends across the country.
FPAC CEO Derek Nighbor, who presented to the CCFM delegation on Thursday, was pleased with what he heard coming out of this week’s meetings.
“Any time you have political leaders from not only different parts of the country, but also from different political parties, come together and align on key priorities like accelerating innovation, improving sector competitiveness, supporting the expansion of trade, and doing more to keep our communities safe from fire, it is a great message to send to our forestry workers, our investors, and our forestry communities from coast to coast,” said Nighbor.
“Canada can be proud of our reputation of being among the best in the world in how carefully and responsibly we manage our forests, how we are leaders in supporting the move to a greener economy, and how we are sustaining and creating good-paying jobs that support hundreds of thousands of families across the country. This week’s CCFM meetings affirmed the potential of made-in-Canada forestry to be bigger and better, and the political will from British Columbia to Newfoundland and Labrador to get more done,” he added.
Canada’s forest products sector, like other natural resource sectors in Canada, is subject to among the most stringent rules and regulations in the world. The quality of Canadian forest products and the responsible way in which we manage our forests in Canada are key advantages for our sector in many key markets around the world.
more at: http://www.fpac.ca/fpac-applauds-ministers-commitment-to-strengthening-canadas-forest-sector/