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.

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Find a Recycling Center

Other ways to get involved:

Hold a recycling event

In the News

ARPBA’s Matt Seaholm joins Morano in the Morning on WABC to discuss New York’s bag ban and the misinformation about 100% recyclable plastic retail bags

August 28, 2020

On August 28, 2020, Matt Seaholm, former executive director of the American Recyclable Plastic Bag Alliance, joined Frank Morano on WABC’s Morano in the Morning to discuss the status of New York’s plastic bag ban.

“It’s just unworkable.” ARPBA’s Matt Seaholm joins the Paul Vandenburgh Show on Talk1300 to discuss New York’s plastic bag ban

August 27, 2020

Matt Seaholm, former executive director of the American Recyclable Plastic Bag Alliance, joined the Paul Vandenburgh Show on Talk1300 to discuss New York’s plastic bag ban. In the interview, Seaholm explains that retailers are confused about what bags are allowed and frustrated because the law would increase their costs during a public health crisis.

New York Plastic Bag Ruling Leaves Questions, Confusion in Wake

August 24, 2020 by Bloomberg Environment

New York state officials are scrambling to figure out whether grocers and retailers can hand out reusable plastic bags, or whether the state law prohibiting single-use plastic bags needs reworking. The law says that stores can’t distribute “any plastic carryout bags” to customers. Matt Seaholm, vice president of government affairs for the Plastics Industry Association and former executive director of the American Recyclable Plastic Bag Alliance, said, “Saying ‘plastic’ is like saying ‘metal’ when you’re referring to aluminum, and that’s where the issue comes in.” Seaholm said nearly all reusable bags have some sort of plastic in them, leaving business owners in a legal gray area. “Every grocer, every retailer is saying we will comply with the law, but the law is broken.”

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