Web Seminars Archives 2015

The 2015 APR Plastics Recycling Web Seminar Education Series


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 on for reclamation. Many communities have already updated their messaging to adapt to the new industry standard, and the plastic recycling industry is eager to help communities explore how best to recover as much plastic as possible. This web seminar will give an update on this initiative, address the common concerns surrounding the change, and provide resources to those communities to support this message.

 Caps Banner updated2014

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PetStar Video: Recycling PET Bottles with Caps On - Float/Sink Separation
*Note- This video has now been updated with audio.

Caps On FAQs

APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability


Resources to Support Domestic Plastic Recycling Markets

Presented September 15, 2015 

Sposnored By:

Avery Dennison

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 recycling officials, as well as the general public to support the expansion of domestic plastic recycling markets and generate more supply . Resources include a new and improved Plastic Recycling Market Information and Services Directory, Model Bale Specifications, FAQs, as well as an overview of Plastics Recycling Outreach and Commodity Terms - developed by Moore Recycling Associates.  

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Plastics Recycling Terms and Tools


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 destination of rigid plastics currently recycled, and understanding the type and tonnage of rigid plastic available in North America, will strengthen and advance non-bottle rigid recycling. This webinar will provide an executive summary of the full study and report.

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National Mixed Rigid Plastic Bale Composition Study - Executive Summary

Sort for Value Online Calculator


Foam Recycling: Facts, Figures, and Market Potential

Presented June 23, 2015 

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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 common myths surrounding this highly marketable material.

Presenters: Lynn Dyer, President of Foodservice Packaging Institute; Brandon Shaw, Marketing Manager of Plastic Recycling Inc; and Diana Gentilcore, Managing Director of Advocacy of the EPS Industry Alliance.

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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 result in additional revenue. The Sort for Value Online Calculator has been developed as a tool that calculates the economic value of sorting recyclable rigid plastics. This webinar will review the methodology used in developing the calculator, and provide an explanation on how MRFs can use the tool to better understand the potential value of their rigid plastic stream.

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Sort for Value Online Calculator

Sort for Value Matrix Chart

Sorting for Value, an article from Resource Recycling written by Liz Bedard and Patty Moore