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.

The manufacturing process for paper bags uses 3 times more water and emits 2 times more greenhouse gases than plastic grocery bags.

American-made plastic bags are produced from byproducts of natural gas, not oil

Plastic bags are 100% recyclable and highly reused.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find a Recycling Center

Other ways to get involved:

Hold a recycling event

In the News

Plastic bag bans gain steam in liberal states

April 3, 2019 by The Hill

Matt Seaholm, executive director of the American Progressive Bag Alliance, was interviewed about plastic bag bans gaining steam across the country.

Statement from the Manufacturers and Recyclers of Plastic Retail Bags regarding New York Budget Provisions on Carryout Bags

March 29, 2019

Matt Seaholm, executive director of the American Progressive Bag Alliance, released the following statement regarding New York Budget Provisions on Carryout Bags

New Jersey and Hawaii propose the toughest legislative bans on plastic in the country

March 20, 2019 by Fox News

Matt Seaholm, executive director of the American Progressive Bag Alliance, discusses plastic legislation in New Jersey and Hawaii.

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