The Frontline Defense Against Plastic Bag Bans and Taxes Nationwide

The American Recyclable Plastic Bag Alliance (ARPBA) represents the U.S. plastic bag manufacturing and recycling industry, which employs thousands of workers in 40 states. Founded in 2005, the ARPBA 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 ARPBA promotes American-made plastic products that are the smartest, most environmentally friendly choice at the checkout counter for both retailers and consumers.

Once disposed, reusable bags take up to 9.3% more space than plastic bags in landfills.

Nearly 30,000 hardworking men and women are employed and supported by the plastic bag manufacturing and recycling industry.

Standard reusable cotton grocery bags must be reused 131 times "to ensure that they have lower global warming potential than" a plastic bag used only once.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Other ways to get involved:

Hold a recycling event

In the News

Plastics are an asset in fight against COVID-19 no matter what Greenpeace may claim

May 11, 2020 by The Baltimore Sun

ARPBA’s Matt Seaholm penned a letter to the editor of The Baltimore Sun calling out activist organizations for spreading false information about the plastics industry. Seaholm clarifies that there is no industry campaign against reusable bags, and he states that instead of spreading misinformation, activist organizations should focus their efforts on helping Americans get through the pandemic.

The plastic bag debate can wait. Let’s protect workers first.

April 15, 2020 by The Star-Ledger

ARPBA’s Matt Seaholm authored a guest column stressing the need for grocery store and food service worker protection during COVID-19. The plastic bag industry is dedicated to making sure that grocery stores and restaurants have the supplies they need to keep Americans fed during this difficult time.

Maine halts plastic bag ban as part of plan to mitigate coronavirus spread

March 18, 2020 by Plastics News

With concerns mounting over how to contain coronavirus in the U.S., lawmakers in Maine voted March 17 to delay implementation of their plastic bag ban until next year. Matt Seaholm, executive director of the American Recyclable Plastic Bag Alliance, said bag ban suspensions are good for public health.

“It’s increasingly evident that plastic bags are indispensable in helping citizens get the food and goods they need and preventing the transmission of germs, bacteria and viruses,” he said. “There is ample scientific research concluding reusable bags can contribute to the spread of bacteria and viruses, and now more than ever state and local governments need to take every step possible to ensure people of are safe and healthy.”

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