The Frontline Defense Against Plastic Bag Bans and Taxes Nationwide

The American Progressive Bag Alliance (APBA) represents the U.S. plastic bag manufacturing and recycling industry, which employs nearly 25,000 workers in 40 states. Founded in 2005, the APBA proactively promotes product lines and leads numerous public policy initiatives that serve as the frontline defense against plastic bag bans and taxes nationwide.

With the support of the industry’s workers, the APBA promotes American-made plastic products that are the smartest, most environmentally-friendly choice at the checkout counter for both retailers and consumers.

A canvas tote bag needs to be reused at least 131 times to have a lower impact than a plastic bag used once.

Plastic bags are 100% recyclable and highly reused.

Plastic bags require 70% less energy to manufacture and consume 96% less water than what’s used to make paper bags.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find a Recycling Center

Other ways to get involved:

Hold a recycling event

In the News

Plastics Industry Pushes Back Against Bans

May 20, 2019 by The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal interviewed Matt Seaholm, who highlighted a U.K. government analysis that found paper bags must be used three times and cotton bags must be used 131 times for their carbon footprint to drop below that of single-use plastic bags made from high-density polyethylene.

A Proposal In New Jersey Would Prohibit Plastic and Paper Single-Use Bags

May 13, 2019 by InsideSources

InsideSources interviewed Matt Seaholm, executive director of the American Progressive Bag Alliance, about New Jersey’s proposal to ban both plastic and paper bags.

Plastic bag bans are spreading. But are they truly effective?

April 17, 2019 by National Geographic

National Geographic interviewed Matt Seaholm about plastic bag bans. The article discusses how the industry has invested in recycling bins at store entrances where people can drop off their plastic bags for recycling.

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