Mitzi Emrich has resigned as director of Progressive Bag Affiliates, six weeks after taking the job at the recently formed unit of the American Chemistry Council's plastics division.
Emrich left March 21 to take a position at a public relations consulting firm. She had interviewed with that firm at the same time she was talking with ACC, said Steve Russell, managing director of the plastics division of the Arlington, Va.-based trade association, in a telephone interview.
``She received a job offer that she very, very much wanted to do,'' Russell said. ``We are moving very quickly on replacing her. It is a top priority.''
Emrich previously worked as a conservation associate at the Sierra Club, where she had lobbied against federal policies that allowed more logging by timber companies.
PBA was formed in January by ACC to lead the industry's effort to promote plastic bag recycling and to prevent additional plastic bag bans in the United States. It replaced the now-defunct Progressive Bag Alliance.
San Francisco is the only city in the United States with a bag ban. That law, which prohibits supermarkets with more than 10,000 square feet from handing out plastic bags, went into effect Nov. 20. Enforcement of a similar ban in Oakland, Calif., has been delayed, pending a decision by the Alameda County Superior Court on the ban's legality.
Several other communities in the U.S. are considering plastic bag bans, including Santa Monica and Palo Alto in California, the counties of Sonoma and Mendocino in California and Hartford, Conn.