Although a statewide plastic bag tax failed in March, Maryland Rep. Dereck E. David (D-Prince George’s) says that “the whole idea of free bags is going by the wayside.” The bags have been banned in some parts of the country and taxed in others, including the District and Montgomery County. Advance Polybag, a plastic bag manufacturer, sells to many retail stores and says it could face problems — a loss of jobs at the plant and higher prices for retailers — if more jurisdictions take action. Here’s a look at the daily goings-on at the factory.
March 18, 2013 Hung Ho, a junior machine operator, stands by a bag-converter machine as Wal-Mart bags are manufactured at the Advance Polybag plant in Elkridge. By some estimates, consumers use more than a trillion plastic bags around the world every year. SPI, the plastics industry trade group, says 30,000 people work in the plastic bag industry, and about 150 of them work at Advance Polybag’s Elkridge plant. Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post Buy Photo