Plastic bag recycling initiative promoted with new national
The Progressive Bag Affiliates (PBA), a group of top
plastic bag producers and recyclers and part of the American Chemistry
Council (ACC), launched a major initiative to promote bag recycling throughout
the nation. Several of the country’s biggest bag manufacturers will begin
printing a clear message on their bags to encourage customers to recycle
bags at participating stores. The PBA also unveiled a new comprehensive
at-store recycling toolkit designed to make it easy for stores to recycle
API Corporation, Hilex Poly Co. Inc., Inteplast and Superbag Corporation,
bag manufacturers which together represent over 90% of the domestic plastic
bag production, will all incorporate the new logo and message as a standard
feature on their bags. These companies will be offering the new logo
for customers that participate in a bag recycling program. Consumers
can expect to see the logo on bags throughout the country in the many
areas where plastic bag recycling programs are available.
Plastic bag recycling is a growing trend in communities around the nation.
Coast to coast, from the state of California to New York City, more stores
are providing bag recycling than ever before and the impact has been
substantial. An estimated 812,010,000 pounds of post-consumer film (including
plastic bags) was recovered in 2006, representing a 24% increase from
652,477,000 pounds recovered in 2005. Bag manufacturers are helping to
drive that trend by working in cooperation with community leaders, elected
officials, retailers and environmental groups to illustrate the value
of plastic bag recycling.
The new at-store recycling toolkit that has been developed by the ACC
will also feature the new logo in a suite of tools that make it easier
than ever for stores to begin plastic bag recycling. The toolkit offers
bins and signage for store entrances and exits, checkout signage and
pins to raise awareness, and municipal bins to be used at curbside. Ordering
information for the toolkit will be available at www.plasticbagrecycling.org.