In addition to operating a recycling business in North America, International Paper (IP) is one of the world’s largest purchasers of recovered fiber, whose market is complex, efficient, dynamic and market-driven. We support the free and fair trade of both products and materials and, additionally, we support the enhancement of the recycling infrastructure through investments in programs and technologies that bring more clean residential and commercial material into the system.
Market forces should guide paper recycling systems to ensure recovered fiber goes to its highest value end use; thus, we oppose recycling mandates or incentives that ignore market driven dynamics. Because of the robust recovery system in place for paper recycling, we oppose content requirements, bans or fees on paper products, and proposals funded by fees on product manufacturers, which essentially penalize our industry to subsidize others. Policies should be material neutral or they could distort the marketplace.