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.

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

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

The conventional plastic bag is the one with the least environmental impacts.

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In the News

New York’s Thick Plastic Bag Demands Vex Efforts to Reduce Waste

December 10, 2019 by Bloomberg Environment

This article quotes APBA Executive Director Matt Seaholm, who says that single-use plastic bag legislation is more complex than simply outlawing the use of plastics. “With New York, which has a large amount of the U.S. population, kind of flipping a switch and going from a largely unregulated marketplace to essentially a complete ban on any of these types of products—there’s going to be a little bit of whiplash if it’s allowed to go into effect as currently written,” Seaholm said.

Plastic bags and styrofoam could soon be banned in N.J., but not plastic straws

December 4, 2019 by

“(The bill) will hurt the tens of thousands of New Jersey manufacturing jobs supported by the industries this law will affect, and will all but guarantee that the only carryout bags offered at stores will be imported from Asia rather than produced in the United States, where the current bags are made,” said Matt Seaholm, executive director of the American Progressive Bag Alliance.

Separating fact from fiction on America Recycles Day

November 15, 2019 by Plastics Today

According to the American Progressive Bag Alliance (APBA), the plastic bag and film waste stream remains untouched. Why? The biggest reason is the Bag-2-Bag program, which allows consumers to easily drop off their bags and films at the grocery store. This program hasn’t been impacted by China’s National Sword policy because the recycled bags were never exported. The plastic film is collected at stores and brought back to plastic manufacturers, who convert them into everything from playground equipment to park benches and new grocery bags.

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