PRC Applauds Senators Working to Protect Paper Recycling Jobs

On February 5, 2018, Senators Stabenow (D-MI), Boozman (R-AR), Carper (D-DE), Isakson (R-GA), and Baldwin (D-WI) introduced S. 2371, the “Protecting America’s Paper for Recycling Act.” This legislation modifies the definition of “municipal solid waste” under section 45 of the tax code to clarify that the production tax credit is not available for waste-to-energy (WtE) facilities that burn commonly recycled paper that has been segregated from solid waste, or that burn solid waste that has been mixed with garbage. This critical change mitigates continued ambiguity in the law that permits WtE facilities to receive a federal subsidy for the burning of paper that could otherwise be recycled.

As PRC Chairman Brian McPheely notes: “The bill ensures the continued availability of clean, commonly recycled paper that is critical to sustaining and growing America’s paper recycling industry. We thank these Senators for their continued support of this vital industry and the 50,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs it represents.”