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.

Environment
Plastic bags are the most environmentally friendly option at checkout. In fact, alternatives like reusable and paper bags increase global warming and use more resources.

Recycling
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.

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

Reusing
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 recycled into building materials such as backyard decking, fencing and playground equipment. More »
  • Plastic bags provide a cleaner, safer option at the grocery store. Many reusable bags contain high levels of lead; microbiologists have found harmful bacteria like E. coli, salmonella and fecal coliform in reusable bags. More »
  • Plastic bags are 100 percent recyclable. More than 900 million pounds of plastic bags, sacks and wraps were recycled in 2010. More »