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.

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

Bans can increase costs, making it hard for businesses to comply – especially hitting small businesses.

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

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Other ways to get involved:

Hold a recycling event

In the News

RELEASE: AMERICA’S PLASTIC RETAIL BAG MANUFACTURERS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE ON INDUSTRY-WIDE SUSTAINABILITY GOALS

February 10, 2022

ARPBA Press Release: AMERICA’S PLASTIC RETAIL BAG MANUFACTURERS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE ON INDUSTRY-WIDE SUSTAINABILITY GOALS
Nationwide, American-made plastic retail bags now contain higher levels of recycled material as the industry increases focus on consumer education to improve recycling, partnering with STINA to support their new Film Drop-Off Directory, which can be accessed at www.bagandfilmrecycling.org.

Bag ban would hurt small businesses

May 28, 2021 by Denver Gazette

Earlier this month, the Colorado House took the first step toward banning plastic carryout bags and expanded polystyrene foam food service containers statewide with HB1162. ARPBA Director Zachary Taylor recently penned an op-ed arguing that if the Senate follows suit, this flawed bill will ratchet up additional pressure on the struggling small businesses and vulnerable families that America’s plodding economic recovery risks leaving further behind.

Rhode Island’s bag ban misses the mark

May 13, 2021 by Warwick Beacon

ARPBA Director Zachary Taylor recently penned an op-ed on Rhode Island’s proposed plastic bag ban. By mandating that reusable bags have “stitched handles,” Rhode Island lawmakers hope to eliminate plastic bag usage in the Ocean State and push consumers toward what they believe is a more sustainable carryout bag option. However, more often than not, reusable bags with stitched handles—like the ones commonly available for 99 cents or $1.99 near the checkout area at grocery and retail stores—are in fact made from plastic and are not recyclable anywhere in the United States. Additionally, the vast majority of these bags are imported from overseas.

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