May 7, 2020 - APR Statement
APR Statement on California Executive Order That Suspends Ban on Single Use Plastic Bags (Order N-54-20)
The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) shares Governor Gavin Newsom’s goal to protect the health and well-being of all Californians. APR members are operating to serve Californians and our country, and safety always comes first. Our members follow the guidelines set by the State of California, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other relevant state and federal agencies.
On April 27th, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-54-20, which in part temporarily suspended the enforcement of the ban the distribution of single use plastic bags by specified retailers. It is important to note that the Executive Order did not ban or limit the use of reusable plastic bags nor require retailers to stop using the reusable bags produced by APR members. There continues to be sufficient amount of postconsumer resin (PCR) for APR members to produce reusable bags, and there has been no change in the reasons why these reusable bags are popular: these products are good for the environment and are popular among California’s consumers. There are also no safety concerns with the inclusion of PCR in reusable bags as long the Cal-OSHA guidelines for consumers using their own bags are followed.