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Your wedding day. Without a doubt, it's one of the most significant events you will ever experience - when you and the love of your life officially seal the deal and get married. On this day, your friends and family will gather to celebrate the next step in your life. Photographers will be running around snapping photos, catering plates delicious food for guests to enjoy, and the DJ sets the mood for a night of fun and libation. You've worked extra hard to make everything look perfect and run smoothly. You have examined every moving part down to the tiniest detail. At the center of all your effort is your wedding venue in York, SC.

Your event space can mean the difference between an unforgettable event and an average occasion. Capturing your uniqueness as a couple is paramount to a memorable wedding. But, without the right venue location and staff, your unforgettable event can turn into a painfully average occasion. Fortunately, at Abney Hall, you won't ever have to worry about dingy reception spaces and crummy chow halls.

Constructed in York, SC, in 1962, Abney Hall is 15,000 square feet and sits on 500 acres of land, making it a large wedding venue unlike any other. Abney Hall was originally the home of Mrs. Josephine Abney, a York native who was a lifelong philanthropist. Mrs. Abney devoted much of her time and effort towards supporting charities, educational institutions, hospitals, and other noble efforts. Today, Abney Hall stands tall as a symbol of love, both in our community and for the couples who choose to get married here.

Abney Hall is an exclusive event experience unlike any other, surrounded by verdant forests and sparkling ponds. Our venue is a natural fit for several occasions, including:

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The Top Wedding Venue in York, SC

The beginning of your life starts at Abney Hall. With our team by your side, we can create the fairy tale wedding you have dreamed about since childhood. Whether you have 100 guests or 1,000, our waterfront ceremony locations and French-inspired courtyard are perfect for your big day. Celebrate in luxurious style surrounded by shady magnolia trees, a private forest, large ponds, and the beauty of Mother Nature. While our venue location and aesthetic have been praised far and wide, so too have the practical aspects of Abney Hall. Looking for a relaxing, comfortable spot for your bridal party to get ready in? We offer an entire floor in the Abney Hall residence to get the bridal party ready. Want to make your groomsman feel extra-special too? We've got a private, plush house just feet from a sparkling pond that is a proper hangout spot for the guys in your group.

To make life easier on you, we also offer Abney Hall as your go-to spot for rehearsal dinners. Why book an expensive restaurant or travel to another location when unmatched beauty and convenience are right at your fingertips? Abney Hall is just the place for that very important dinner the night before your big day. We are also happy to host your bridal shower at Abney Hall. Our venue makes for one of York's most unique bridal shower settings, where your family and friends can gather to give gifts and be merry before you walk down the aisle.

With such a large, magnificent house and a vast property, Abney Hall also makes for an unforgettable location for your bridal portraits and other wedding-related photography needs. Don't take our word for it - book a tour and see for yourself why so many new brides and grooms choose Abney Hall as their wedding venue in York.

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What Sets Abney Hall Apart from Other Wedding Venues in York?

You've already found the person you want to spend the rest of your life beside. The next step? Finding the perfect wedding venue for your ceremony, reception, and celebration of your lifelong commitment to one another. Remember, the backdrop for photos, dancing, eating, and all other activities will be at your wedding venue. That's why we work so hard to set Abney Hall apart from our competitors - so you and your guests can focus on love and living your new life while we work with your vendors and photographers to make your magic night a reality.

Here are just a few reasons why guests choose Abney Hall as their wedding venue in York, SC, along with some helpful tips from our experienced wedding venue staff:

Venue Size

Choosing the appropriate-sied venue for your desired guest count is a critical decision. A venue's capacity affects the number of people you need to consider having at your ceremony and reception. As you're first starting out, we recommend having a guest count in mind as you're searching for the right venue. Try to stick with that number. You may fall in love with a particular venue, but if its max capacity can't accommodate your guest count, it may be time to cross them off your list.

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Keep in mind that this is your big day. You shouldn't feel obligated to invite the college roommate you shared a dorm with for one semester. At the end of the day, your wedding venue should be one that can accommodate those closest to you. Abney Hall is equipped for both small and large weddings, consisting of 500 acres of forest, ponds, and lush natural beauty. Whether you want an intimate wedding with only your best friends or a grand ceremony with hundreds of people, we have the right amount of room to make you comfortable.

Location and Nearby Lodging

On your big day, you're likely to have friends and family traveling in from other parts of the state or country. These folks will need a place to stay during and even after your wedding. Accessibility and ease are important factors when it comes to choosing your wedding venue for both you and your guests.

Located in York, SC, Abney Hall is situated in a memorable, natural setting, giving your wedding a private vibe in the midst of Mother Nature. While we pride ourselves on having a secluded wedding event space, our venue is within an easy driving distance of hotels and vacation rentals.

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When you contact us for a tour, make sure to speak with our experienced venue manager about nearby hotels and shuttle service options. We understand that your guest's comfort and convenience are important, and we're happy to work with you to figure out the best way to get your guests to Abney Hall.

Venue Staff

At Abney Hall, our staff has earned its reputation as one of the industry's most friendly, accessible teams. We will provide you with a purpose-minded point of contact that can help answer questions relating to timelines, preferred vendors, and every aspect of your wedding. When you tour our wedding venue in York, SC, for the first time, we want you to feel like you have all the information you need to make an informed purchasing decision.

We would be happy to go over:
  • Venue Pricing
  • Ceremony Specifics
  • Reception Specifics
  • Catering Possibilities
  • Decorating Possibilities
  • Entertainment Options
  • Photography and Photo Opportunities
  • Venue Amenities
  • Bridal Party Needs
  • Groomsman Needs

At Abney Hall, our goal is to be your first resource when it comes to setting up and coordinating the details of your wedding day.

Decor

When it comes to your wedding's decor, you probably already have a few ideas in mind. We love it when our brides and grooms have a vision in mind because one of our greatest joys is turning that vision into a reality. At Abney Hall, our team is available to help you and your decorator fit, accent, and accommodate your fairy-tale wedding - whatever that may be.

Are you looking to dress up your wedding with decorations galore? Just want to add a few accents that tie into your preferred color palette? Abney Hall is versatile and ready to help however we are able.

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If you're thinking about bringing in your own greenery, lighting, floral pieces, and more, we recommend discussing your vision with us on your initial tour of our event space. That way, we can get a head start on making your big day exactly how you envision it.

Photo Opportunities

10 years from now, when you and your spouse are celebrating your anniversary, you will pull out photographs from your wedding and will reminisce about the unforgettable time you spent at Abney Hall. Your wedding photos will be with you forever, and as such, we work closely with you and your photographer to suggest extra-special photo op spots that you can only find on Abney Hall grounds.

From the grand staircase and French-inspired courtyard to our manicured gardens and lovely pond, there is no shortage of photo-op locations for your photographer to choose from. As one of the most popular wedding venues in York, SC, we have worked with dozens of photographers over the years.

Our experience has allowed us to cultivate a list of preferred photographers - all of whom have the talent to take your pictures to the next level in a setting they're familiar with. We encourage you to check out our gallery to get a sense of the scope of our wedding venue and gain inspiration from other happy couples.

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The gallery on our website is extensive but be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram pages as well. We keep our social pages updated with recent wedding photographs, giving you an incredible resource that you can use for your own photography purposes.

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The Premier Corporate Event Venue in York, SC

Abney Hall is known across the United States for our stunning weddings, but we also play host to some of the largest corporate events in South Carolina. Why choose a bland, lifeless meeting space when you can enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature coupled with a professional atmosphere? If you have an important team-building event or corporate conference that you have to coordinate, look no further than Abney Hall.

The epitome of class and style, our corporate event space is large, lavish, and chock-full of onsite amenities for you and your co-workers to enjoy. If your team needs a morale boost, don't bring them to the local Olive Garden for a cheap lunch. Treat them to a refreshing experience in our main dining room, where we can work with you to incorporate your catering options with the goals of your event.

When the hard work is done, and your team needs a breather, what better way to relax than with a quick dip in our pool? To burn off a little steam, head over to our brand-new tennis court - the perfect place to get some exercise in an ultra-private setting while you enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Don't forget to bring your fishing poles for a couple of hours of fishing. There's even an opportunity to go hunting if you wish.

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If you're ready to learn more about Abney Hall as your wedding venue, don't hesitate to reach out. We would love to hear more about your plans, your vision, and your needs. We know that planning a wedding isn't easy. It takes time, attention to detail, and a whole lot of patience. Our goal is to help provide you with all the info you need to learn more about our venue. Once you decide on a date, we'll work closely with you and your vendors to craft a wedding experience that you will treasure for the rest of your life.

Our available dates for your big day are going quick, especially during peak seasons like spring and fall. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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What happens to $115M in Panthers tax breaks SC planned with Rock Hill project on hold?

More than $100 million that South Carolina lawmakers promised in state tax breaks for the Carolina Panthers to move the football team’s headquarters and operations to Rock Hill won’t be given now that the project has been terminated.Lawmakers who opposed the state handing out incentives said leaders should have expected problems would arise.In 2019, the Legislature with the governor’s b...

More than $100 million that South Carolina lawmakers promised in state tax breaks for the Carolina Panthers to move the football team’s headquarters and operations to Rock Hill won’t be given now that the project has been terminated.

Lawmakers who opposed the state handing out incentives said leaders should have expected problems would arise.

In 2019, the Legislature with the governor’s backing agreed to give $115 million in tax breaks to the Carolina Panthers for moving the team’s day-to-day operations to Rock Hill from Charlotte — what lawmakers considered a huge boon for the state in one of South Carolina’s fastest-growing areas.

Panthers owner David Tepper halted construction of the planned facility early this year after the city of Rock Hill did not spend the millions of dollars he said the team needed to pay for additional public infrastructure improvements for the site.

Tepper said the city did not meet its agreement, while city leaders said it met all of its financial obligations under the agreement to bring the team to Rock Hill.

The tax breaks were not awarded out because they are based on the number of permanent jobs the NFL team creates in the state.

The state planned to only give the incentives if the Panthers create enough jobs by Dec. 31, 2024, the governor’s office said. The team promised to move 150 employees to the state as part of the deal to get the tax breaks.

“Bottom line, until a company meets agreed upon thresholds, the company does not collect,” Alex Clark, spokeswoman for the South Carolina Department of Commerce, wrote in an email to The State.

Along with those incentives, to gain support for the deal, lawmakers also agreed to provide job training tax credits to companies that locate in some of the state’s poorest counties. Those incentives are dependent on the creation of new jobs, Clark said.

“While commerce remains committed to this significant economic development project, we also remain committed to taking steps to ensure future strategic growth within our borders,” Clark said.

Tepper Sports told the Rock Hill Herald last month that “the on-going work will continue with our partners to find an economically acceptable solution for all parties to continue this project in Rock Hill.”

South Carolina taxpayers are already spending money meant to benefit the team.

As part of the state’s side of the incentives package, the state agreed to build a $40 million interchange off of Interstate 77 to serve the planned practice facility. The cost is being split by the federal government, the state and the city of Rock Hill.

So far, $16.4 million worth of work has been awarded.

“While the Panthers project would be a beneficiary of the interchange, it will also serve that rapidly growing community for current and future development,” Clark said. “As such, this major infrastructure project is moving forward.”

Who would pay for the additional $225 million in public infrastructure improvements around the facility was the point of contention that kept the project from moving forward.

Tepper paused construction on his team’s new headquarters because the city of Rock Hill did not secure $225 million to contribute toward the project.

York County has proposed having the Panthers put up the additional $225 million for public infrastructure improvements in exchange for four decades of incentives from the county.

Tepper’s move to halt his project has renewed criticism from lawmakers who voted against the package to begin with.

“We need to invest in smart economic development that benefits taxpayers and promoted economic growth, not make billionaires’ wallet’s bigger,” tweeted state Rep. JA Moore, D-Charleston.

State Sen. Dick Harpootlian, D-Richland, the loudest and most prominent critic of the deal — Harpootlian made commerce spell out the incentives package as the Senate was debating whether to give tax breaks, incentives usually kept under wraps by the state agency — questioned why someone worth $16 billion needed state assistance for the project.

“He’s a multi-billionaire. To be squeezing municipalities out of tax money they need for schools and infrastructure is unconscionable,” Harpootlian said. “This is what happens when you’re willing to cut a deal no matter the cost just for the (public relations) piece of this.”

U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman, R-Rock Hill, urged Tepper to reengage in negotiations to complete the project.

“Hundreds of millions of dollars have already been invested in this incredible venture, not to mention painstaking efforts by thousands of individuals,” Norman said. “While Tepper Sports is certainly not obligated to negotiate in public, I do believe Rock Hill and York County governments have demonstrated their desire to discuss all obstacles to this development and help bring the Panthers’ headquarters and training facility to their new home in South Carolina.

“However, that cannot happen so long as Mr. Tepper remains unwilling to engage.”

This story was originally published April 14, 2022 1:49 PM.

Climate-Change Risks Get the Attention of Real Estate Investors

They are thinking more seriously about flooding, but a lack of established standards for assessing development projects is challenging their efforts.In Charleston, S.C., climate change is becoming impossible to ignore. In the historic city center, “sunny day” flooding occurs roughly once a week, making downtown difficult to traverse. Groundwater has begun to burble up in spots. And after a downpour, much of the region is susceptible to flooding.City officials are aware of the vulnerability, and they’re ponderi...

They are thinking more seriously about flooding, but a lack of established standards for assessing development projects is challenging their efforts.

In Charleston, S.C., climate change is becoming impossible to ignore. In the historic city center, “sunny day” flooding occurs roughly once a week, making downtown difficult to traverse. Groundwater has begun to burble up in spots. And after a downpour, much of the region is susceptible to flooding.

City officials are aware of the vulnerability, and they’re pondering big initiatives, like a partnership with the Army Corps of Engineers to build a $1.1 billion sea wall and a pioneering zoning law that would prohibit development in the city’s lowest areas.

Despite the hazards, Charleston is booming. The city’s population grew 25 percent from 2010 to 2020, to about 150,000, and the region has seen a huge influx of new residents eager to experience the city’s charm.

Development in the city has responded. In the two years before the pandemic, builders added 7,700 multifamily apartments, and 6,000 more were slated for 2020. The pandemic slowed construction, but it has continued; a local newspaper keeps a running tally of the cranes over the downtown area, which sits on a peninsula bound by two rivers.

It’s not that developers are unaware of the risk of flooding. “Everyone’s very mindful of it — it’s top of mind in decision-making processes,” said Gary White, a former City Council member who runs a real estate investment firm. But at this point, it’s not a deciding factor when developers weigh whether to build in Charleston.

But investors backing much of the development are thinking more seriously about the risks associated with climate change. “We take that into consideration on every single investment,” said Bobby Werhane, a senior vice president at Bellwether Enterprise who focuses on commercial real estate projects in the Southeast, including Charleston.

Developers in Charleston are not yet facing expanded scrutiny or higher rates for capital, but Mr. Werhane predicts that those changes will come soon. “Downward pressure from investors will require developers to take those things into consideration,” he said.

Charleston isn’t unusual. Around the country, including in coastal regions like Boston and South Florida, development is booming despite the lingering pandemic and increasingly dire reports from agencies like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Extreme weather seemingly hasn’t made a dent in the pace of construction.

But among the investment groups that provide capital to developers, perspectives are beginning to shift. Many may not have given climate change a second thought a few years ago, but they’re paying close attention now.

Awareness of climate-related risk among investment groups is new, said Laura Craft, the head of global environmental, social and governance strategy at Heitman, a real estate investment management firm that teamed up with the Urban Land Institute to write a series of reports on real estate investment and climate risk.

“In 2019, we surveyed investment managers about where they were; most hadn’t mapped their portfolio to risk,” she said. That strategy changed a year later. “They’d gone on to think not just about property-level risk but also market-level risk.”

Similarly, the CRE Finance Council, a real estate trade association, began last year to develop a new iteration of its Investor Reporting Package used to evaluate prospective projects. The update will include disclosures related to sustainability and resilience, like a property’s ability to withstand both acute and chronic stress. The association’s leaders say they started the effort at the urging of members, who have become increasingly concerned about climate-change-related risk.

In a red flag for investors, commercial property insurance rates have risen significantly over the last 18 months. In the past, investors might have depended on insurance to absorb most of a property’s risk, but these days, “investment managers are realizing they have to own the risk over the property’s lifetime — they can’t rely on insurers,” Ms. Craft said.

Accurately assessing the risk of a specific asset in a particular market is challenging, though, and that’s creating uncertainty for investors.

“People are struggling with how to really measure the risk from climate change,” said Greg MacKinnon, director of research at the Pension Real Estate Association, a trade group. “The science of looking at how climate change and extreme weather can affect properties is at its infancy.”

Efforts to capture some of that science and turn it into actionable data are growing. Over the past few years, for-profit services like Moody’s ESG Solutions and Archipelago and nonprofit research groups like First Street Foundation and Rhodium have evolved to quantify the physical risk of an asset. For projects in the United States, they can often provide granular, property-level data; for example, a project on high ground will be rated as lower risk, even if there’s a stream on the property.

But the field lacks established standards. The data analytics firms use different maps, scenarios and methodologies; some take into account building types and infrastructure, while others are more basic, making assessments difficult to compare.

And that’s just physical risk. Investors are also mindful of “transition risk,” which includes changes to the policy and regulatory environment. For example, if Charleston’s leaders amend the zoning code to ban building at the lowest elevations, land values in the city could radically shift. Similarly, a sea wall would be paid for in part by increased property taxes. Both options could affect the city’s attractiveness to investors. But most of the existing climate models do not comprehensively address potential changes like these.

Wary investors are also peppering developers with questions about resilience strategies. “We ask, ‘Have you mitigated this risk?’” said Helen Gurfel, head of global sustainability and innovation at CBRE Investment Management. “We look at every single detail.”

Some developers have capitalized on that growing interest. In Charleston, for instance, Adam Monroe said his company, Middle Street Partners, had focused on flood mitigation in the past few years. The group is working on two developments in the region, and both include important features to manage storm water and ensure that operations can continue in case of flooding.

Michael Maher, chief executive of the WestEdge Foundation, which is behind a redevelopment project in one of the most vulnerable parts of Charleston’s peninsula, is also taking mitigation seriously. The complex, which abuts the Ashley River, has been built with a robust drainage system and roads that are elevated several feet above grade, allowing them to act like protective embankments.

Investors combine the mitigation information from developers with data from climate modeling software to create a comprehensive sense of a project’s risk, and then decide whether to move forward. But some struggle to align competing results from different assessments.

“There are market risks, physical risks and financial risks,” said Billy Grayson, who leads the Center for Sustainability in Real Estate at the Urban Land Institute. “It’s a pretty complex ecosystem, and hard to really assess and price it into a real estate decision.”

Institutional investors, including pension funds, tend to use sophisticated models and ask their in-house E.S.G. professionals to do analyses as well.

“The bigger players get it; they’re concerned,” said Jim Clayton, a professor of real estate at York University in Toronto and co-author of a 2021 U.N. report on climate risk and commercial property values. Some of those larger investors, particularly in Europe or Canada, are reconsidering certain markets altogether.

The broader real estate market does not yet reflect investors’ shifting thinking about climate-related risks. And that means developers are not experiencing higher financing rates or finding it more difficult to sell their projects — even in particularly risky cities like Charleston.

But industry observers believe those changes are coming. The Securities and Exchange Commission proposed a rule in March that would require public companies to disclose their climate-related risks. Once it’s enacted, the practice will eventually influence the private sector.

“It’s a slow-moving change,” Professor Clayton said. “It’s like watching grass grow — and then suddenly it’s like, ‘Oh, my God, it’s three feet long.’”

EPR and packaging-reduction bill introduced in New York

| Paul Brady Photography/ShutterstockThis story has been updated and corrected.An extended producer responsibility bill that has the support of environmental activists was recently introduced in New York, while a Colorado EPR bill moved to the Senate floor.The New York extended producer responsibility (EPR) bill, A10185, was introduced May 5 by...

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This story has been updated and corrected.

An extended producer responsibility bill that has the support of environmental activists was recently introduced in New York, while a Colorado EPR bill moved to the Senate floor.

The New York extended producer responsibility (EPR) bill, A10185, was introduced May 5 by Assemblyman Steve Englebright. It comes after a similar EPR program was cut from Gov. Kathy Hochul’s proposed executive budget.

“We have plastic now in the bloodstream of many Americans. This we need to address,” Englebright said in a May 10 press conference.

The bill would establish an EPR program for packaging and a packaging responsibility fund. Producers would be required to, either individually or collectively, change packaging designs to reduce waste, pay fees based on the amount of packaging material used and “be responsible for packaging waste disposal” by providing “widespread, convenient and equitable access” to recycling, at a level equal to that of municipal waste.

“It is troubling that after all these years, the problem of over-packaging has only gotten worse. There is more plastic packaging and more toxic packaging on the market than ever before,” Englebright said in a press release. “This is a problem across the state, but especially in Long Island where we see plastic pollution entering the Atlantic Ocean. This bill shifts the fiscal responsibility for packaging away from the taxpayers. It will save tax dollars and help to preserve our environment.”

On May 5, Englebright also introduced a “Bigger Better Bottle Bill,” Assembly Bill A10184, that would expand New York’s 40-year-old container deposit law to include non-carbonated beverages, wine and liquor and raise the deposit from 5 cents to 10 cents.

Judith Enck, president of advocacy group Beyond Plastics, said at the press conference that “we need to take bold action that’s commensurate to the seriousness of the problem.”

Eco-modulation is part of the producer fee structure, providing financial incentives for producers that reduce “waste at the source,” make recycling compatibility innovations, or use reusable or refillable packaging products.

Consumer point-of-sale or point-of-collection fees to cover the cost of producer fees are not permitted under the bill.

If passed, the bill requires a needs assessment be completed within six months of the effective date to identify barriers and opportunities for reducing, reusing and recycling in the state, and producers would have to have a public education program.

Under the bill, packaging material covers anything used for containment, protection, handling, delivery, transport, distribution and presentation of a product, including bags and secondary or transport packaging.

Excluded from the definition of packaging is reusable packaging, beverage containers, medical packaging and material intended to be used for long-term storage or protection “of a durable product that can be expected to be usable for that purpose for a period of at least five years.”

The bill’s definition of recycling does not include energy recovery or energy generation “by any means, including but not limited to combustion, incineration, pyrolysis, gasification, solvolysis, waste to fuel or any chemical conversion process, or landfill disposal.”

There are also exemptions for producers that have less than $2 million in total gross revenue or that create less than 1 ton of packaging material.

Along with expanding recycling access, the bill would mandate that producers reduce their use of non-reusable packaging by 10% two years after their producer plans are implemented, by 20% at four years, by 30% at six years, by 40% at eight years and by at least 50% a decade after plan implementation.

All non-reusable packaging is also required to be recycled at a rate of 50% five years after implementation of the producer plan, 80% eight years after and 90% 12 years after plan implementation.

The bill also includes a section banning certain materials in packaging, including PFAS, toxic metals, halogenated flame retardants, PVC, polystyrene and polycarbonate, among others.

“Beginning three years after the effective date of this title, and every three years thereafter, the department shall designate at least ten additional toxic substances, unless it determines there are not ten chemicals that meet the definition of toxic substances,” the bill states.

A labeling section of the bill would require producers to indicate the percentage of post-consumer content within the product and provide instructions on recyclability or compostability, within two years of the effective date of the bill.

Enck said in the press release that “requiring environmental standards for packaging, just like there are fuel efficiency standards for cars and energy requirements for appliances, is long overdue.”

“The Englebright bill requires companies to cut their packaging waste in half, over 10 years,” Enck said. “This is the strongest packaging reduction bill in the nation. Adopting it would put New York on the map as a global leader in addressing the plastic pollution crisis.”

Englebright said Tuesday he thinks the bills have a “good chance of passing” and there’s a “good deal of momentum that is positive.”

Separately, New York state Sen. Todd Kaminsky has introduced S1185, which also establishes an EPR program for packaging but with significant differences from the one that would be created by A10185. First introduced in January 2021, Kaminsky’s bill recently moved out of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee.

The Recycling Partnership, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, the New York League of Conservation Voters and the New York Product Stewardship Council jointly released a statement noting that “with Senator Kaminsky recently advancing EPR legislation (S.1185C) out of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, and Assemblyman Englebright’s introduction of his EPR bill (A 10185), we are urging the legislature and Governor to bring all stakeholders to the table and get a strong, well-designed EPR bill passed and signed into law this year. We have discussed these concepts for years. The time is NOW to empower all New Yorkers with adequate access to recycling.”

The Colorado bill, HB22-1355, passed the state House of Representative with a vote of 38-27 on May 2, the Senate Finance Committee on May 4 on a 4-1 vote and the Senate Appropriations Committee 4-3 on May 6. It is waiting for a second reading on the Senate floor.

HB22-1355 mandates that companies that sell consumer-facing packaging and some printed paper join a producer responsibility organization (PRO), with exceptions for smaller business and highly regulated packaging, such as medicines. The PRO would then, through dues, fund and manage a statewide recycling system.

A recent amendment also allows producers to submit an individual program plan as an alternative to joining the PRO. The individual plan must comply with the same requirements and describe how the producer will contribute to the “costs of the department in overseeing the program” and how it will “reimburse service providers that provide recycling services for the covered materials.”

The American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA) opposed the bill and argued it will harm paper recycling rates and force the paper industry to subsidize the recycling of other materials.

The National Waste and Recycling Association’s Rocky Mountain chapter opposed the bill as well, saying in a press release “a statewide EPR program for all packaging materials and paper products has the potential to upend the existing state and municipal recycling programs.”

The bill is supported by many local government leaders, as well as several large brands and packaging producers, including Amcor, Coca-Cola, L’Oréal USA, Mars, Nestlé, PepsiCo, SC Johnson and Unilever United States.

Hawaii’s HB 2399, which creates an EPR program with some island-specific twists, passed the Senate on April 12 on a 25-0 vote and is currently in conference to resolve differences between the House of Representatives and Senate versions of the bill.

The bill requires producers to register and pay an annual fee into a fund based on the amount of packaging they use, but it would not require those producers to join a PRO. The bill also has a sunset date of June 30, 2028.

This story has been updated with information on New York state Sen. Todd Kaminsky’s EPR bill and a statement from The Recycling Partnership, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, the New York League of Conservation Voters and the New York Product Stewardship Council. In addition, the story has been corrected to clarify those groups’ call to action for lawmakers.

Samuel Packaging Systems Group expanding operations in York County

Company’s $11.5 million investment to create an estimated 20 new jobs COLUMBIA, S.C. – Samuel Packaging Systems Group, a division of ...

COLUMBIA, S.C. Samuel Packaging Systems Group, a division of Samuel, Son & Co. (USA) Inc., today announced plans to expand operations in York County. The company’s $11.5 million investment will create an estimated 20 new jobs.

Samuel Packaging Systems Group is a complete, single-source supplier for clients’ packaging and unitizing needs. The company specializes in polyester (PET) strapping, a lower cost and more durable alternative to steel strap.

Located at 2000 Boyer Road in Fort Mill, Samuel Packaging Systems Group’s expansion will upgrade existing production lines and will include the purchase of a new PET strand line. The current facility was opened in 1996 and is approximately 203,300 square feet.

The expansion is expected to be complete in the first quarter of 2023. Individuals interested in joining the Samuel Packaging Systems Group team should visit the company’s careers page.

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“Samuel arrived in York Country in 1996 with two production lines and 25 new jobs. With the support of York County, we have grown to four production lines and over 90 jobs, and additional jobs when the fifth line arrives. Samuel is a global provider of plastic strapping and invests where we have success. The support of York County is a great example of a partnership that creates success.” -Samuel Packaging Systems Group President Cy Slifka

“When an existing company in South Carolina expands, it further solidifies our state’s reputation of having a superior business climate. Today, we celebrate Samuel Packaging Systems Group’s growth in York County, and we look forward to their success for many years to come.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“Congratulations to Samuel Packaging Systems Group on their growth in York County. This $11.5 million investment and estimated 20 additional jobs are an added boost to the area, and we celebrate their success within our borders.” -Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III

"York County is proud to see Samuel Packaging Systems Group expand as they make this new investment and create additional jobs within our community. It is always good news for our county and our state when one of our existing manufacturers expands. We look forward to watching them continue to grow." -York County Council Chairwoman Christi Cox

Here’s where more new homes and cell towers might go in York County

New homes and cell towers could soon go up in York County.The county planning commission and zoning appeals board have several new requests. Two would allow for Verizon towers along or near busy roadways. Others would allow for new subdivisions.Here’s a look at some of the projects submitted to the county:? May Green Properties will develop 67 homes on 123 acres in the Kings Mountain area. Edmunds Farm will have acre or more lots and 15 acres of open space. There will be 20 acres of tree save area. The property is ...

New homes and cell towers could soon go up in York County.

The county planning commission and zoning appeals board have several new requests. Two would allow for Verizon towers along or near busy roadways. Others would allow for new subdivisions.

Here’s a look at some of the projects submitted to the county:

? May Green Properties will develop 67 homes on 123 acres in the Kings Mountain area. Edmunds Farm will have acre or more lots and 15 acres of open space. There will be 20 acres of tree save area. The property is south of Hines Road and west of Filbert Highway. It’s between the Fox Croft and Woodmere subdivisions. The partially wooded site is less than a quarter mile south of Clover.

The project will add three new roads and intersection improvements at Lawrence Road and the driveway to Larne Elementary School.

? JCM Corporation of York County plans to build the Hopes Corner subdivision with 35 homes on 63 acres. The property sits at the southeastern corner of Mt. Gallant Road West and Shiloh Road South in York. The planning commission saw a prior version this summer. Now an additional phase has been added to the project. Hopes Corner Drive will be built to access the second phase of development.

? A new 250-foot Verizon cell tower could go up at 2271 Burkett Road in Rock Hill. The lattice communications tower would go at the end of the road, on an almost 6-acre site that abuts I-77 and industrial properties, pending a zoning approval.

? Verizon also plans a 165-foot cell tower at 470 Paraham Road, about halfway between Lake Wylie and Clover. The company needs a zoning decision to build the pole, and wants another to avoid a requirement from a camouflage design. The site is almost 69 acres south of S.C. 557, beside a Duke Energy substation.

? The T24 LLC baseball organization applied to rezone 2 acres at 5001 W. Liberty Hill Road to allow continued baseball training there. County staff recommends against the zoning change. The baseball facility doesn’t fit current zoning, and according to county staff a 2020 complaint about parking led the county to find buildings constructed without proper permits, structures that didn’t meet setback or buffer requirements and no structured parking.

The site includes a baseball field, batting cage and about 13,000 square feet of structures at the intersection of Liberty Hill and Hands Mill Highway.

? An acre property at 6166 Charlotte Hwy. in Lake Wylie is up for rezoning to be marketed with nearby commercial property at the old Five Points intersection.

? The owner of 3198 Pantry Drive in Rock Hill applied for a zoning variance to build a farmers market with an office, lumber storage and pole building on the property. The almost 2-acre site is bounded by South Anderson and Neely Store roads, and Pantry. Plans show retail uses like mulch bins, lumber and farmers market stalls.

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