The Association of Plastic Recyclers

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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The APR Plastics Recycling Showcase: Celebrating Innovations that Support the Growth of Plastics Recycling Tuesday, April 19th at 1:00 pm EST

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 growth and development of plastics recycling by providing the leadership and tools necessary to support the long-term growth and sustainability of the industry. I...
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Keep Your Caps On! A 2015 Update Presented October 27, 2015

Due to an ever growing demand for material by plastic reclaimers, APR continues to support the "Caps On" message. Historically, the perception has been that the best way to recycle a plastic bottle is with the cap off. Today, with growing markets for HDPE and PP, coupled with improved recycling technology, plastic recyclers support keeping the cap ...
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Resources to Support Domestic Plastic Recycling Markets Presented September 15, 2015

Sposnored By: APR's primary goal is to increase the amount of material available for recycling. We work to provide tools to increase public and industry awareness of plastics recycling, expand opportunities to recycle plastics, and reduce contamination. This webinar will detail a variety of resources available to the industry, state and local recyc...
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What Really Goes in that Bale? An Overview of the 2015 National Mixed Rigid Bale Composition Study Presented August 11, 2015

The 2015 National Mixed Rigid Bale Composition Study was conducted to categorize the composition of the various types of mixed rigid plastic bales generated in North America, in addition to providing an estimate of the volume and type of non-bottle rigid plastic available for recycling. Making more accurate estimates of the types, volume and destin...
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Foam Recycling: Facts, Figures, and Market Potential Presented June 23, 2015

Sponsored By:  Polystyrene and Expanded Polystyrene, or foam, is commonly used in food service packaging, sports and safety equipment, insulation, and a variety of product packaging. Although foam can be successfully recycled, many misconceptions persist. This webinar will detail the foam recycling process and work to debunk some of the most c...
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The Sort for Value Online Calculator: An APR Pricing Tool Creating More Value for MRF's Presented Tuesday, May 12, 2015

China's Operation Green Fence policy sent many MRF operators searching for alternative markets for mixed plastic bales. Fortunately, many found domestic plastic reclaimers interested in purchasing non-bottle rigid plastic material. Although specific sorting by the MRF may be necessary to access some domestic markets, the additional sorting may well...
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Recycling Grocery Rigid Plastics- Continued Progress September 23, 2014

North American grocery stores have a great record of recycling cardboard and plastic film. To further expand sustainability efforts, reduce carbon footprint, and decrease waste disposal costs, some grocery chains have implemented an additional program - rigid plastics recycling. Buckets, pails and containers found behind the counters of the deli, s...
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Expanding Opportunities in Film Collection August 19, 2014

More than half of the film collected for recycling in the U.S. was exported in 2012. With the implementation of tighter restrictions on the import of scrap plastic into China, domestic markets want to let recyclers know that strong demand remains—provided the quality is good. The key is to know your plastic film markets and to collect for value. Le...
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