Members of the Recycling Industry Oppose Plastic Bag Bans

August 20, 2013

Plastic Grocery Bags

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In a press release issued August 5, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) announced their opposition to the multitude of plastic bag bans and fees that have been issued in the United States.

According to the ISRI’s president, Robin Wiener, “ISRI members that recycle paper and plastic bags are quite concerned that policymakers are banning bags and creating fees without considering the real impact on recycling, and the recycling industry. No matter how good the intentions, these policy discussions should not be made in a vacuum. Rather than bans and fees that take away jobs and increase costs to consumers, policy makers should take advantage of the great economic and environmental opportunities associated with responsibly recycling these bags.”

A New Policy

The ISRI’s newly issued policy calls for retailers to collect used bags for recycling rather than banning them altogether, which they refer to as an interference “with the free flow of recyclable materials.” Over three-quarters of paper mills rely on recycled fibers to make their products, and according to Hilex Poly Co., a member of the American Progressive Bag Alliance, the plastic bag industry employs over 30,000 people.

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