February 16, 2017 - Plastics Recycling Update
APR in the News
Rigids plastics recycling catches on at grocery chains
An increasing number of grocery chains are recycling rigid plastic containers through back-of-store programs, providing a clean source of HDPE and PP for reclaimers.
The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has tracked 25 national grocery chains — or about 15,000 stores — since launching its outreach project, which aims to promote back-of-house plastic recycling at grocery stores. The project started five years ago, and today 10 of the chains have begun recycling rigid plastics in 4,500 stores in 32 states, according to APR.
Liz Bedard, director of APR’s rigid plastics program, said the effort is spreading through dedicated APR efforts as well as through word-of-mouth between stores.
Now, APR is looking to explore a different source of clean plastic: behind the pharmacy counter.