American Recyclable Plastic Bag Alliance

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The American Recyclable Plastic Bag Alliance (ARPBA), formerly the American Progressive Bag Alliance (APBA), is a lobbying group that represents the U.S. plastic bag manufacturing and recycling industry. Founded in 2005, it lobbies against U.S. local and state plastic bag bans and taxes.[1]

The ARPBA is connected to the Society of the Plastics Industry, an industry trade group.[2]

In January 2020, the organization was renamed the American Recyclable Plastic Bag Alliance, promoting a pact by its members to use at least 20% recycled plastics in its products.[3]


The ARPBA has actively lobbied against bag fees and bans in numerous states, including Massachusetts,[4] New Jersey, [5] and Virginia.[6] Prior to the passage of California legislation banning plastic shopping bags, the ARPBA gathered a petition with over 800,000 signatures, spending over $3 million in an unsuccessful attempt to block the ban.[7]


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  2. ^ "ACC, SPI Align and Expand Efforts to Defend Plastic Bags and Increase Plastic Film Recycling". American Chemistry Council. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  3. ^ "American Progressive Bag Alliance becomes American Recyclable Plastic Bag Alliance". Recycling Today. Retrieved 2020-04-02.
  4. ^, Rick Foster. "Plastic peril? Concerns about single-use shopping bags prompts local, state proposals to ban them". The Sun Chronicle. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  5. ^ "The biggest war on plastic is in New Jersey and bags, straws may not survive". North Jersey. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  6. ^ O'Connor, Katie. "Another push for a plastic bag tax in Virginia dies". Retrieved January 27, 2019.
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