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.

Plastic bags are 100% recyclable and highly reused.

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

Since 2005, there has been a 75% increase in plastic film recycling.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find a Recycling Center

Other ways to get involved:

Hold a recycling event

In the News

New Jersey weighs passing toughest plastic ban in nation

January 30, 2019 by Fox 5 NY

“It just imposes taxes on citizens, it increases costs for businesses and ultimately doesn’t achieve the stated goal,” said Matt Seaholm, the executive director of the American Progressive Bag Alliance, which vehemently opposes the bill.

Science shows that it’s not really green to ban plastic bags

January 20, 2019 by New York Post

As if grocery shopping weren’t enough of a hassle, it’s about to become even more inconvenient in New York — for no good reason.

APBA opposes Memphis bag fee

January 8, 2019 by Memphis Business Journal

“This is a tax that’s going to impact those who can least afford it. … It means an additional meal. If you’re a single mother of three, it adds up,” said Matt Seaholm, executive director of APBA.

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