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 March 15, 2017 - Recycling Today

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APR releases details on its 2017 Plastics Recycling Educational Webinar Series

The first webinar in the series, APR Plastics Recycling Showcase: Celebrating Innovations That Support the Growth of Plastics Recycling, is scheduled for Tuesday, March 21, at 1 p.m. EST. APR says it consistently seeks to recognize and promote innovations that enhance the recyclability of a new or existing package or container. This webinar will provide information about each of the 2017 APR Plastics Recycling Showcase Innovations:

  • The AMUT de-labeler for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle wash lines;
  • Avery Dennison’s CleanFlake adhesive technology;
  • Berry Plastics laminate postconsumer resin (PCR) tube;
  • The Dow Chemical Co.’s RETAIN novel polymer modifiers;
  • Ettlinger’s ECO continuous melt filter for pet extrusion; and
  • The Lush Black Pot: the first FDA PP PCR (postconsumer recycled) resin and rigid packaging application for cosmetics developed by KW Plastics.

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Recycling Rigid Plastics Beyond Bottles: Resources to Encourage MRFs and Municipalities to Expand Collection looks at a variety of topics over three webinars:

  • Nonbottle Containers, Tuesday, May 2, at 1 p.m. EST (register here);
  • Caps on Bottles and Containers, Tuesday, June 20, at 1 p.m. EST (register here); and
  • Residential Bulky Rigid Plastics, Tuesday, Aug. 1, at 1 p.m. EST (register here).

Since 2009 APR has conducted a survey to evaluate each state’s largest municipality’s residential plastics collection programs. Of those 51 cities (Washington is included in the survey), only five have bottles only collection programs. The growing trend continues to be recycling rigid plastics beyond bottles.

The APR says it strives to expand the recycling of plastic material through the development of resources to support state and local solid waste management and recycling officials to enhance their collection programs, increase the amount of material collected by those programs and add value to the bottom line. The webinars above provide an overview of each of the toolkits resources to support recycling rigid plastics beyond bottles, including: success stories, market information, education, flowcharts and videos, remanufacturing information and frequently asked questions.

The APR’s Recycling Rigid Plastics Beyond Bottles Toolkits can be accessed at

Scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 1 p.m. EST is the The APR Design Guide & The How2Recycle Label: A Partnership to Expand and Improve Plastics Recycling webinar. 

How2Recycle is a standardized labeling system that provides specific instructions to consumers directly on packaging regarding whether 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 most current recyclability data available, as well as critical technical insights from Association of Plastic Recyclers and the APR Design Guide for Plastics Recyclability. This webinar provides an overview outlining how brand companies can acquire the label for their products, how the program defines recyclable and how APR and The How2Recycle are working together to expand the effort to include more products into this valuable consumer education labeling system.

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The webinar 2016 National Postconsumer Plastics Bottle Recycling Rate Report Overview is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 1 p.m. EST.

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 postconsumer recycling values and comments for PET. This webinar will serve as an executive summary, featuring data and analyses from the report. It also will include data from the “Report on Postconsumer PET Container Recycling Activity in 2016,” a collaborative effort of APR and the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR). Both reports will be available on the APR website once publicly released.

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