The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) recognized Dart Container Corporation with the 2016 AF&PA Leadership in Sustainability Award for Paper Recovery for Recycling for Dart’s Employee Recycling Center. The award was presented at AF&PA’s annual meeting on Friday, Nov. 11 in Cary, North Carolina. “Dart Container is leading by example with their Employee Recycling Center, which has made paper recovery for recycling easier and more accessible for their employees and their families,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. Dart Container opened a drive-through recycling facility at its Mason, Michigan headquarters where employees have access to free, convenient paper recycling. Regular curbside residential recycling services in the area are uncommon, and often require payment. In its first three months, the facility recycled nearly 93,000 pounds of paper products. click Read More below for more of the story
The New York City Council typically approves legislation by wide measures with paltry debate.
A dramatic exception to the rule played out Thursday as the council considered the adoption of a 5-cent fee on paper and plastic bags at most stores. The 28-20 vote to approve the bill came only after a fierce debate centering on lofty themes of regressive taxation, income inequality and environmental policy.
“This is a very, very expensive place where people are struggling to survive,” Councilman Mathieu Eugene, a Brooklyn Democrat whose district includes parts of Crown Heights and Flatbush.
Councilman Barry Grodenchik, a Queens Democrat, called it “one of the most regressive pieces of legislation to ever come before this council.”
The council’s three Republicans all voted no. To them, the fee amounts to another tax.
“Quite frankly, I’m tired of my constituents being nickel and dimed,” said Councilman Steven Matteo of Staten Island.
Many said they backed the fee to advance the cause of environmental consciousness. “We’re never going to be able to change our habits unless the price New Yorkers pay reflects the true cost, and that’s an environmental cost,” said Councilman Mark Levine, a Manhattan Democrat.
The legislation, which Mayor Bill de Blasio indicated Thursday that he would sign, requires stores to charge customers at least 5 cents for single-use plastic and paper bags, a fee businesses would be allowed to keep. Stores that don’t comply would pay a $250 fee for a first offense and $500 for any additional offense.
The measure would go into effect Oct. 1, but fines wouldn’t start until April 1, 2017.
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