Increasing Recycled Content Levels

Incorporating higher levels of recycled content into products is a top priority for the plastics industry.

This not only moves us toward a more circular economy but also enhances existing market incentives for companies to collect and recycle more material. As an industry, we have established the following minimum, average recycled content levels for plastic retail bags manufactured by our members:

  • 2021 – All bags will have 10% recycled content

  • 2023 – All bags will have 15% recycled content

  • 2025 – All bags will have 20% recycled content

Read our latest release on how our industry is exceeding these goals.



The American Recyclable Plastic Bag Alliance (ARPBA) represents America's plastic bag manufacturers and recyclers. Founded in 2005, the ARPBA promotes the sustainable use, reuse and recycling of its products, advocates for sustainable, fact-based public policy and fights against taxes and bans that increase costs for stores and prices for shoppers.