Driving More Reuse & Recycling

Plastic bags are reused 77.7% of the time


“Single-use plastic bag” is a misnomer. Across America, the vast majority of consumers choose to reuse plastic bags for a variety of household purposes.

According to research from Recyc-Quebec, plastic bags are reused 77.7% of the time, frequently as small trash can liners. On the other hand, data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reveals 12-13% of plastic bags are recycled.

Taken together, data show our members products are either reused or recycled a rate of nearly 90%. But we know we can do more. As part of our sustainability commitment, we aim to ensure that plastic retail bags are reused or recycled 95% of the time by 2025. Learn more about how ARPBA is promoting bag and film recycling.



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.