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Bags & the environment

Data and research on bags and the environment show consumers can and should feel confident that picking plastic is a sustainable, smart choice for their families and the planet. American-made plastic bags are the best option at the checkout counter. Learn more >

  • FACT: Plastic retail bags account for 0.6 percent of items collected at litter clean-ups.

  • FACT: Plastic retail bags account for less than 0.3 percent of municipal solid waste.

  • FACT: Plastic retail bags have the fewest environmental impacts when disposed of correctly.

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The American Recyclable Plastic Bag Alliance (ARPBA) represents America's plastic bag manufacturers and recyclers. Founded in 2005, the ARPBA promotes the sustainable use, reuse and recycling of its products, advocates for sustainable, fact-based public policy and fights against taxes and bans that increase costs for stores and prices for shoppers.