The New Jersey Senate has passed Senator Steve Oroho’s bill to protect box manufacturers from paying unfair user fees, by modifying the definition of “litter generating products” under the Clean Communities Program Act to exclude corrugated containers, which are principally made from recyclable materials.
Sen. Steve Oroho’s bill would protect NJ box manufacturers from paying unfair user fees, by modifying the definition of “litter generating products” under the Clean Communities Program Act to exclude corrugated containers. (©iStock)
“New Jersey’s box manufacturers create good-paying jobs, not litter,” Senator Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) said. “They shouldn’t be punished because of an oversight in state tax law. I hope that cutting this red tape will keep these hardworking business owners from leaving our state.”
Senator Oroho drafted S-534 after a box maker in his district, Sutherland Packaging in Andover Township, reported being required to pay a user fee for manufacturing a “litter generating product,” despite the fact that corrugated containers are often recycled or made from recyclable materials.
S-534 would modify the definition of “litter-generating products” under the Clean Communities Program Act to exclude corrugated containers. This would protect box makers in New Jersey from paying the user fees imposed on businesses who manufacture commonly-littered items, such as glass containers, paper products and disposable packaging.
Corrugated containers are fiberboard boxes often used for shipping merchandise, or as pop-up product displays in grocery and retail stores. 47 percent of all corrugated containers are made of recyclable materials. More than 92 percent are recovered and reprocessed into fresh packaging by the very manufacturers who initially sold the products.
“Corrugated containers clearly do not contribute to New Jersey’s ongoing litter problem, but because they are not specifically excluded from the Clean Communities Program Act, box makers are still required to pay burdensome user fees,” Senator Oroho added. “My bill is a commonsense solution that will protect these environmentally-conscious manufacturers from being unfairly penalized.”
Senator Oroho is a member of the bipartisan Legislative Manufacturing Caucus.
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