Paper Checkoff Referendum Frequently Asked Questions
Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions about the upcoming industry vote:
The paper checkoff (Paper and Packaging Board) was established January 21, 2014. Our Order requires the industry to hold a “continuance referendum” every seven years to vote on whether or not to continue the program. Company designees will receive a paper and an electronic ballot with a simple yes or no question about continuing the program.
Manufacturers and importers currently engaged in the industry who manufactured/imported 100,000 tons of paper and paper-based packaging during 2019 are eligible to vote. See the Order for more information.
Voting will take place between September 14 and 25, 2020.
The USDA runs, tallies and reports the results. While there is no set timetable, we anticipate the results to be available in October 2020. In order for the program to continue, a simple majority of those voting must vote yes and represent a majority of the voting volume of paper and paper-based packaging.
The vote to continue the program will not change the assessment rate.
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