Learn the Facts

Plastic shopping bags -- the kind you get from your grocer or at the corner store -- might soon vanish from stores in your community. Misguided bans and taxes on plastic bags could weigh down the economy, increase costs for consumers and small business and leave a larger carbon footprint on the environment than alternatives. Plus, plastic bags are 100% recyclable and reused by 90% of consumers.

It's time for a common-sense plastic bag policy that's good for the economy, the environment and working families. Keep reading to find out why bag bans and taxes are a bad idea for America.

Plastic bags are a more environmentally-friendly option at the checkout than alternatives like paper and so-called “reusable” bags.

The rate of plastic bag recycling is increasing each year thanks to the 30,000 employees in the plastic bag manufacturing and recycling industry and thousands of recycling drop-off locations across the country.

Jobs and Economy
Proposals to ban and tax plastic bags threaten American jobs, force consumers to spend more and cause local business to lose customers and money.

Bag bans and taxes force consumers to use reusable bags, which can contain unsafe levels of lead and bacteria affecting your family’s health.

Nearly 90% of consumers across the country reuse plastic bags. Learn some tips on how to reuse your plastic bags today.

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Learn the Facts

  • Plastic bags are chosen by more than 90 percent of consumers at the checkout. About 9 out of every 10 consumers reuse these bags for everyday household purposes. More »
  • Plastic bags make up a tiny fraction (less than 0.5 percent) of the municipal solid waste stream. More »
  • Plastic bags are recycled into building materials such as backyard decking, fencing and playground equipment. More »