Why is APR promoting the collection of non-bottle rigid containers?
The primary goals of The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) are to increase supply, enhance the quality, and communicate the value of recycled plastics. Non-bottle rigid plastic containers provide a proven domestic market, motivated by Consumer Brand Company demand for polypropylene postconsumer resin, which is the most prevalent resin type of this material category. Through the educational resources provided in this Toolkit, MRFs and Municipalities can expand collection practices, increase revenue, and support a growing industry.
What are non-bottle containers?
Non-bottle Containers are all containers and lids beyond bottles that are smaller than 2 gallons and used for food and non-food products. Examples include tubs for yogurt/sour cream, smaller single serve yogurt containers, cups, to-go clamshells, small storage crates and small buckets.
Bulky/large item rigid plastics including 5 gallon buckets, crates, lawn chairs, laundry basket, and other large plastic items is an ever expanding type of plastic recycling collection. According to The Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s 2015-16 Centralized Study on Availability of Recycling, greater than 20% of the US population has access to bulky rigid plastic recycling. APR has developed a Residential Bulky Rigid Plastics Toolkit to assist municipalities and MRFs recycle with this material.