The Association of Plastic Recyclers

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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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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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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2015 National Postconsumer Plastics Bottle Recycling Rate Report Overview Monday, November 7th at 1:00 pm EST

The 2015 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 postconsumer recyc...
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2015 PET Container Recycling Rate Report Overview Tuesday, October 18th at 1:00 pm EST

The Report on Postconsumer PET Container Recycling Activity in 2015 , a collaborative effort of APR and The National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR), provides a detailed overview of the recycling of PET bottles and jars in the United States during 2015, as well as a general summary of the recycling of PET thermoforms. This webinar ...
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Recycling Rigid Plastics Beyond Bottles: Resources to Support MRFs and Municipalities Tuesday, September 6th at 1:00 pm EST

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), works to increase the amount of plastic recycled, and to strengthen the economic viability of plastics recycling. An annual survey of the largest communities in each of the fifty US states and Washington, DC indicates that the number of communities collecting #1-7 containers more than doubled from 2009 to...
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Plastics Recycling Works: Facts and Figures to Support a Thriving Industry Tuesday, August 9th at 1:00pm EST

Plastics recycling in 2016 is a strong, growing, vibrant, and economically sustainable industry. The volume of plastic containers recycled annually continues to grow at rates greater than gross domestic product. Consumer brand commitment, in concert with innovation in packaging design and recycling technology, are making a wider variety of products...
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The APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability: A Guided Tour through this Comprehensive Product Design Reference Tool Tuesday, June 28th at 1:00 pm EST

APR works with Consumer Brand companies to encourage the expanded use of PCR in their products. This partnership is a key component of a collaborative approach to help companies achieve their sustainability goals and commitments. The APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability was created to provide a reference for packaging engineers and designer...
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