Fri January 2, 2015

January 2, 2015

DALLAS, TX--To ring in the new year, the city of Dallas will begin implementation of a 5-cent fee on 100% recyclable and reusable plastic retail bags, a move that will not make any meaningful impact on the environment but instead jeopardize thousands of Texas jobs and financially burden consumers.

Lee Califf, Executive Director of the American Progressive Bag Alliance—an organization representing the United States’ plastic bag recycling and manufacturing sector, which employs 30,800 Americans in 349 communities across the nation, including 4,500 workers in Texas—issued the following statement today to coincide with the start of Dallas’ reckless ordinance:

“Today, Dallas has placed myth ahead of fact, as well as Texas state law—a decision that will have very real economic consequences for Dallas consumers and workers but pay mere lip service to environmental stewardship. Dallas is needlessly limiting a 100% recyclable product that comprises less than 0.5% of municipal waste and typically less than 1% of litter in studies conducted across the United States.

“Adding a 5-cent tax to a product with such little environmental impact will not help sustainability efforts, but it will cost Dallas consumers millions of dollars more per year on their grocery bills and burden small businesses with new procedures, fines and operating costs. Most importantly, this legislation will threaten the livelihoods of the 4,500 Texans who work in the plastic bag manufacturing and recycling industry.

“Knowing that Dallas residents and the small business community overwhelmingly oppose this legislation, there is a significant opportunity for this legislation to be struck down in the future.”

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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.

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Founded in 1937, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association promotes growth in the $427 billion U.S. plastics industry. Representing nearly one million American workers in the third largest U.S. manufacturing industry, SPI delivers legislative and regulatory advocacy, market research, industry promotion and the fostering of business relationships and zero waste strategies. SPI also owns and produces the international NPE trade show. All profits from NPE are reinvested into SPI’s industry services. Find SPI online at www.plasticsindustry.org and www.inthehopper.org.

"From resin suppliers and equipment makers to processors and brand owners, SPI is proud to represent all facets of the U.S. plastics industry," said William R. Carteaux, president and CEO, SPI. "Our most recent economic reports show that the plastics industry as a whole is resilient, and has come through the recession significantly better than other U.S. manufacturing sectors."