August 21, 2014
Contact: Ioannis Kazanis, 916-505-1891
STATEMENT FROM THE AMERICAN PROGRESSIVE BAG ALLIANCE ON SB 270 AMENDMENTS AND AUGMENTED SACRAMENTO ADVOCACY TEAM
SACRAMENTO – The American Progressive Bag Alliance (APBA) issued the below statement from its executive director, Lee Califf, following the inclusion of two new amendments to SB 270 (Padilla), the proposed statewide plastic bag ban.
One amendment suggests the bill will prevent grocers from passing on profits from the fees placed on thicker plastic and paper bags to company shareholders, but would still allow the grocers to keep the profits in their stores. The other amendment simply clarified that $2 million in funding to plastic bag manufacturers for retooling factories and retraining workers would come only as a loan, not as a grant as the bill previously suggested.
“These amendments still allow grocers to keep all the profits from the fees placed on the thicker plastic and paper bags while consumers foot the bill. Language tweaks aren’t going to fool anyone and this bill still authorizes a billion dollar cash grab by grocers, with no money going to a public purpose or providing any environmental benefit.”
“As California manufacturers have stated time and again, $2 million dollars – whether as a grant or loan – is a woefully inadequate sum of money to retool factories to produce thicker plastic bags. But the fact that the bill now calls for these companies to pay back a loan that’s insufficient to replace even one factory production line speaks to how out of touch Senator Padilla is with economic reality and the plight of the 2,000 California workers in the industry.”
Califf reasserted the industry’s commitment to protecting its California workers, noting it recently added additional members to its Sacramento advocacy team.
“SB 270 is terrible legislation that threatens California jobs, consumers and the environment and the APBA has enlisted the help of additional highly qualified advocates in the Capitol building to make sure all 116 legislators are directly educated about the disastrous consequences of this bill.”
Califf also commended two organized labor groups – the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the National Forest Industry Products Labor Management Committee – for their decision to oppose SB 270.
“It’s great to have these two unions join us in the fight against a bill that will eliminate thousands of jobs. I am confident that their support will serve as a significant boost to our efforts in the State Legislature.”
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.