Friday, December 16th, 2011

Progressive Bag Affiliates Move From ACC to SPI Makes Sense

The reasons why plastic bags are not environmental problems but rather the best choice for the environment are spelled out by Stan Bikulege, CEO of Hilex Poly, in this clip from the Fox News show “On the Hunt”. (Be patient, he starts about 55 seconds into the clip.)

Yesterday, December 15, 2011, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association and the American Chemistry Council (ACC) announced that the Progressive Bag Affiliates (PBA) group, of which Hilex Poly is a member, will move from ACC to SPI as of January 1, 2012.

A number of reasons were given why this is an excellent move for ACC and SPI, and especially for the Progressive Bag Affiliates, but for me they all add up to this: SPI focuses on the “resin-to-product” phase of plastics, and plastic bags are a product.

Therefore, the move is logical because the bag makers group, now known as the American Progressive Bag Alliance (APBA) in SPI, will benefit by working with other product-specific groups within SPI. One of those groups assuredly will be the SPI Flexible Film and Bag Division, which embraces all segments of the plastic film business.

Simultaneously, the ACC is introducing a new Flexible Film Recycling Group consisting of resin suppliers, converters, brand owners, and other value chain members that use and/or recover flexible film packaging. The APBA will continue to support expanded plastic film recycling from within SPI, as well as its activity in defense of plastic bags.

“This sector of our industry continues to face extraordinary challenges, predominantly at the local level – exactly where the SPI grassroots network can make an impact,” said Bill Carteaux, president and CEO of SPI. “By aligning our approaches, SPI and ACC can better

marshal and utilize our collective resources to defend this important sector and promote film recycling.”

Steve Russell, ACC’s VP of plastics, said, “Thanks in part to ACC’s and PBA’s efforts to date, and the growing number of at-store collection points for plastic film – now numbering over 12,000 – opportunities to grow plastics film recycling have never been better.”

When SPI, ACC’s Plastics Division, and CPIA, the Canadian Plastics Industry Association, came together a few months ago to form NAPA, the North American Plastics Alliance the strategy was clear: coordination and cooperation would be more effective on selected initiatives, said the three associations. This realignment, with the PBA moving from ACC to SPI, and ACC’s creation of its Flexible Film Recycling Group validates that strategy.

The old proverb says there is strength in unity, and it seems there is wisdom, too. To learn more about plastic bag issues, check out Hilex Poly’s information-packed website about plastic bags and bag bans. It’s called BagTheBan.com.

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