The Association of Plastic Recyclers

The APR Recycling Demand Champion Campaign: Proactively Building Demand for Recycled Plastics

The APR Sorting Potential Protocols are designed to identify specific features that may cause an entire package to be lost in the recycling process. This knowledge enables design engineers to focus their improvement efforts as they design with recyclability in mind. These protocols complement the information provided in The APR Design® for Plastics...
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What You Need to Know about the New AASHTO Specification 294R - Recycled Content in Drainage Pipes

AASHTO has adopted a new specification that allows plastic pipe products to contain post-consumer recycled content and meet rigorous 100 year life span requirements. This webinar will provide you the background and insights you need to be sure you are using the latest drainage pipes while benefiting your state's recycling programs.  Webinar re...
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Using More PCR

This session will provide an in depth overview of how to incorporate postconsumer recycled content into your package, Walmart's PCR goals and feasible % PCR by packaging format, as well as how to source and reduce costs of PCR.Less Click here to view the presentation slides. Click here to view a recording of the webinar.

Flexible Packaging (Bags / Wraps / Films)

This session will provide an in depth overview of flexible packaging (bags/wraps/films), uses, packaging components, and design features that may affect recyclability. Click here to view the presentation slides. Click here to view a recording of the webinar.

HDPE and PP Packaging

This session will provide an in depth overview of HDPE and PP packaging, uses, packaging components, and design features that may affect recyclability. Click here to view the presentation slides. Click here to view a recording of the webinar.

PET Packaging

This session will provide an in depth overview of PET packaging, uses, packaging components, and design features that may affect recyclability. Click here to view the presentation slides. Click here to view the handout. Click here to view a recording of the webinar.

Why Is / Isn't My Plastic Packaging Recyclable?

This session will provide an overview of the sortation process with specific examples of packaging types that do not typically make it through the process. It was also address how to design for recyclability, leveraging the Walmart Recycling Playbook, the top 5 contaminants in the recycling stream, and using the How2Recycle label. Click here to vie...
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Overview of Plastics Packaging

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Sustainable Materials Management: A Compliment or a Barrier to Recycling?

Presenters: Kara Pochiro, APR VP of Communicatiosn & Public Affairs; Steve Alexander, APR President & CEO; and Ron Vance, Chief, Resource Conservation Branch, US EPA According to the EPA, "Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) is a systemic approach to using and reusing materials more productively over their entire life cycles," but is the...
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Plastic Sorting Best Management Practices: Resources for MRFs, Municipalities, & Reclaimers

Bale sorts, waste composition studies, plastics sorts, and other studies are a regular practice for MRFs, municipalities, and relcaimers, as well as other organizations. Although beneficial information is gathered from these sorts and studies, the process is not standardized, making it difficult to compare results. The APR Plastics Sorting Best Man...
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Life Cycle Inventory Analysis: The First Inventory to Include Recycled PET, HDPE, and PP

Information gained from Life Cycle Inventories (LCI) provide the data to calculate the emissions of greenhouse gases. This information is critical to understand the true environmental impact of recycled plastics. The soon to be published 2018 Life Cycle Assessment includes updates to the PET and HDPE information from the 2010 LCI, with the addition...
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The APR Recycling Demand Champion Campaign: Proactively Building Demand for Recycled Plastics

The APR Recycling Demand Champions Campaign plays a prominent role in expanding the market for residential plastics, driving investment, increasing supply and producing more high quality PCR. The initial phase of the campaign focused on purchasing new volume PCR through "work in process" (WIP) durable goods, but has expanded to include any and all ...
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EU and CA Packaging Regulations: What do They Mean for Plastics Recycling?

EPR, Mandated Recycled Content, Product Bans, Take Back Requirements. These terms have recently taken on a renewed sense of urgency. California's state agency responsible for recycling regulations, Calrecycle, has just announced new proposals to regulate plastic packaging and the plastics recycling industry. Similar proposals in Europe are regularl...
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2016 National Postconsumer Plastics Bottle Recycling Rate Report Overview - Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Background:The 2016 National Postconsumer Plastics Bottle Recycling Rate Report, a collaborative effort of APR and The American Chemistry Council (ACC), quantifies the amount of high density polyethylene (HDPE) and polypropylene (PP) bottles collected for recycling, as well as the rate of recycling of those bottles. This study also includes postcon...
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Recycling Rigid Plastics Beyond Bottles: Resources to Encourage MRFs and Municipalities to Expand Collection

Background:Since 2009 APR has conducted a survey to evaluate each state's largest municipality's residential plastics collection programs, and the growing trend continues to be: Recycling Rigid Plastics Beyond Bottles. APR's Recycling Rigid Plastics Beyond Bottles Toolkits were developed to provide resources to support state and local solid waste m...
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The APR Design® Guide & The How2Recycle® Label: A Partnership to Expand and Improve Plastics Recycling - Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Background: How2Recycle® is a consumer based standardized labeling system that provides specific instructions to consumers, directly on packaging, regarding whether or not a container is recyclable, not yet recyclable, or if the consumer should check if their local collection programs accept the material. Each How2Recycle® label is based on the mos...
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Residential Bulky Rigid Plastics: Tuesday, August 1st

Presenters: Kara Pochiro, APR Communications Director; Liz Bedard, APR Rigid Plastics Recycling Director, Samantha MacBride, Director of Research for the New York City Dept. of Sanitation; and Stephanie Baker, Director of Market Development for KW Plastics Recycling. Click here for PDF of webinar Click here for recording on APR's Vimeo channel Clic...
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Caps On Bottles and Containers: Tuesday, June 20th

Presenters: Kara Pochiro, APR Communications Director; Anthony Georges, AMUT North America, President Click here for PDF of webinar Click here for recording on APR's Vimeo channel Click here for recording on Go-To-Webinar

Non-Bottle Containers: Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Presenters: Liz Bedard, APR Rigid Plastics Recycling Director; Lou Perez, Director of MRF Operations of Eco-Cycle / Boulder County Recycling Center; and Jill Holbert, Associate Director of the Solid Waste Management Department for the City of Albuquerque Click here for PDF of webinar Click here for recording on APR's Vimeo channel Click here for re...
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APR Plastics Recycling Showcase: Celebrating Innovations That Support the Growth of Plastics Recycling - Tuesday, March 21, 2017

As The Voice of Plastics Recycling®, APR consistently seeks to recognize and promote innovations that enhance the recyclability of a new or existing package or container. APR promotes the long-term growth and development of plastics recycling by providing the leadership and tools necessary to support the sustainability of the industry. Innovation d...
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