About APBA

Founded in 2005, the American Progressive Bag Alliance (APBA) is a group of American plastic bag manufacturers that represent a thriving and growing industry employing 30,800 American workers in 2010.  APBA’s current areas of focus include:

  • City proposals that could impact consumer use of plastic bags
  • Increasing recycling opportunities
  • Litter prevention
  • Increasing bag reuse
  • Correcting misperceptions concerning litter and waste

More information can be found at www.plasticbagrecycling.org and www.bagtheban.org.

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Plastic Bags – The Environmental Choice

Useful and Environmentally-Friendly Choice

Plastic bag bans and taxes do not address the greater litter issue. Instead, they steer shoppers toward alternatives that actually are worse for the environment.

  • Plastic retail bags are 100% recyclable, reusable and made in America using natural gas.
  • Nine out of 10 Americans report reusing them.
  • Plastic bag production consumes less than 4% of the water, generates 80% less waste and requires 70% less energy than paper bag production.
  • Standard cotton grocery bags must be used 131 times before their contribution to global climate change is lower than plastic bags used only once.
  • Plastic bags make up just 0.4% of the U.S. municipal solid waste stream and typically less than 1% of litter.
  • More than 90% of the U.S. population has access to plastic bag recycling.
  • Plastic bags can be recycled into eco-friendly raw material for playgrounds and construction materials.

Integral Part of U.S. Recycling and Manufacturing

  • The recycling of plastic bags, wraps and films is the fastest-growing sector of the recycling industry.
  • The plastic bag manufacturing industry supports over 30,000 jobs across the country, and these jobs are threatened by active or potential bag policies.

Target of Unfair and Misguided Legislation

In summary, misguided legislation that unfairly targets plastic bags will have a negative environmental impact and threaten over 30,000 American workers and their families. Expanding recycling and recycling education is a common-sense policy that’s good for the environment, the economy and American families.

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Recycling Solutions

Communities across the country are supporting efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic bags as the tried-and-true approach to responsible handling. These simple, common-sense steps can help reduce waste, prevent litter and keep our environment clean. And they're working!

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Save American Jobs

More than 30,000 American manufacturing jobs in 349 plants across the country are threatened by proposed ordinances to ban and tax plastic bags.

The United States is the world leader in plastic bag and film recycling, providing many green technologies and jobs.

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Paper vs Plastic

A typical plastic bag weighs 4-5 grams and can hold up to 17 pounds—nearly 2,000 times its own weight.

Plastic grocery bags require 70% less energy to manufacture than paper bags, and produce half the amount of greenhouse gas emissions in the process.

Plastic Bags take up 85 percent less space than paper bags in landfills.

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Myth Busters

Plastic bag bans and taxes are spreading like wildfires across states and cities across the country

Only a handful of municipalities have enacted bans or taxes on plastic bags after we were able to provide information to legislators explaining that they don’t work to reduce bag litter, and that a better environmental policy is to promote a redeuce, reuse and recycle strategy.

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