Plastic Industry Comments on LA Plastic Bag Ban

Plastic Industry Comments on LA Plastic Bag Ban

The following is a news release responding to the L.A. Plastic Bag Ban from the American Progressive Bag Alliance who represents the plastic bag industry. This news release courtesy of PRNewswire.

Note: Two statements in this release in which no validity is provided because there is none.

  1. . . . threatens the jobs of the 1,000 hard-working employees of Los Angeles area plastic bag manufacturers. Read my report which explains just how many jobs will be lost: The True Job Loss Factor of the L.A. Plastic Bag Ban.
  2. The 10-cent fee is called a tax. This is totally false. A tax is a charge that is remitted to a government entity. This ten-cent fee on paper bags is kept by the retailer. Paper bags will no longer be free or the cost hidden among the cost of groceries. There will now be a charge of 10-cents for every paper bag used and the quantity of paper bags purchased will be listed on the receipt . . . just as each grocery item and quantity is listed.

APBA News Release:

LOS ANGELES, June 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today the Los Angeles City Council voted to ban plastic bags and impose a10-cent tax on paper bags, all of which retailers get to keep.

The following is a statement from Mark Daniels, Chairman of the American Progressive Bag Alliance, an organization representing the United States' plastic bag manufacturing and recycling sector, which employs 30,800 people in 349 communities across the nation, including approximately 2,000 in California:

"By voting to ban plastic bags and impose a 10-cent tax on paper bags, the Los Angeles City Council has sent a terrible message to manufacturers, small businesses and working families in the City of Los Angeles. After recently being voted down in the State Senate, the California Grocers Association continues to peddle this bag ban and tax scam around the state because big grocers stand to make millions from collecting every penny of the tax on paper bags. This ordinance has been sold to the public through junk science in the name of the environment, but bag bans and taxes don't help the environment – they make things worse. A tax on consumers is hurtful and, worse, a ban on plastic bags threatens the jobs of the 1,000 hard-working employees of Los Angeles area plastic bag manufacturers.

"Not only is this poor economic policy, it will do more harm to the environment by pushing residents towards higher carbon footprint products. Reusable bags require significantly more water and energy to produce than plastic bags and emit more greenhouse gases in their lifecycle. Furthermore, reusable bags are shipped from overseas, are predominantly made from foreign oil, and cannot be recycled. By passing this ordinance, the L.A. City Council has sadly ignored the facts and voted in favor of limiting consumer choice, increasing grocery bills, killing local jobs and harming the environment."

Mark Daniels, Chairman
American Progressive Bag Alliance

About the American Progressive Bag Alliance (APBA) 
The American Progressive Bag Alliance was founded in 2005 to represent the United States' plastic bag manufacturing and recycling sector, employing 30,800 employees in 349 communities across the nation. APBA promotes the responsible use, reuse, recycling and disposal of plastic bags and advocates for American-made plastic products as the best environmental choice at check out—for both retailers and consumers.