Plastic bag group fights back against bans
By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling
The American Progressive Bag Alliance has launched a new media campaign aimed at countering what it says are misperceptions and "junk science" surrounding plastic bag bans and fees.
According to the APBA, plastic bags produce fewer greenhouse gasses than paper or cotton bags and are completely recyclable. The organization also points out that the bags are primarily manufactured using material derived from natural gas, which is sourced domestically. The ads, versions of which are available in both English and Spanish, highlight the environmental benefits of plastic bags versus competing products, as well as the positive economic effect their manufacture and recycling have on the U.S.
While the website offers resources for plastic bag proponents in a variety of states, the announcement this week also called attention to legislative efforts currently being considered in California. Senate Bill 405 would ban single-use plastic bags from being distributed in stores, as well as require stores to provide customers with an opportunity to return plastic bags for recycling. The bill recently passed out of the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality and is scheduled to receive a hearing this week.
"Not only will a ban on plastic bags threaten California manufacturing jobs, it will also increase global warming by driving consumers to use costly, environmentally-harmful alternatives like paper, heavy-duty plastic and cotton reusable bags," said Mark Daniels, APBA chairman. "The reality is that American-made plastic bags are a better choice for the environment and banning them will cause more harm to the environment. If California wants to lead in the fight against global warming, banning plastic bags will have the exact opposite effect."