Web Seminars Archives 2013

Recycling Rigid Plastics at Grocery Stores

May 30, 2013

Grocery stores are often great recyclers, with robust programs for old corrugated cardboard (OCC) and film/wrap recycling. However, a substantial recyclable portion of a grocer's waste stream is typically thrown away - rigid plastics. A pilot program created by the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR) provides a variety of resources and tools to capture some of more than 350 million pounds of rigid plastics generated by medium and large supermarkets in the U.S. This web seminar will explain the online resources available at

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Click here to visit the Recycle Grocery Rigid Plastics website.

Full Wrap Shrink Sleeve Labels: A Recycler's Dilemma

August 1, 2013

Full sleeve labels on PET bottles are growing in popularity with brand companies. While APR feels that sleeve labels can be helpful, they are mostly a problem to PET recycling. The problem starts at the local municipal sorting center, the MRF, and the vast majority of PET reclaimers report that the labels are a serious problem for recycling. This web seminar will address some of the key issues with shrink sleeve labels, as well as the efforts to mitigate the problem.

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APR Design for Recyclability Guidelines: An Executive Summary

September 19, 2013

As one of its core missions, APR has always sought to provide packaging designers with specific information to allow for informed decisions. For the past 14 years, the APR Recyclability Guidelines, which are based on actual industry experience, have provided that guidance to industry. These guidelines describe how a package design might impact conventional mechanical plastics recycling systems, be improved to avoid recycling problems, and be optimized to make plastic packages more compatible with current recycling systems.

Consumer product companies, marketing and brand managers, as well as packaging design experts have expressed the need for an Executive Summary version of the guidelines; as a type of brief reference guide. That summary version has recently been published, and will be unveiled in this webinar program.

The APR Design for Recyclabitlity Guidelines Executive Summary has been prepared by the APR as a quick reference tool for package designers, engineers, brand managers, and decision makers. It is focused on the most commonly reclaimed postconsumer packaging items: PET, polyethylene, and polypropylene bottles and containers. It contains key points to consider from the APR Design for Recyclability Guidelines.

This web seminar will explain how to utilize this valuable tool to aid in the design process when considering the recyclability of a bottle or container.

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2013 Web Seminars

Domestic Plastic Reclaimers Act in Response to China's Green Fence
Ocotber 17th 2013 

Attend this webinar and learn what APR is doing to assist scrap plastic generators market their material. APR members represent over 90% of the plastic reclaiming capacity in North America. With the coming of the China Green Fence, successfully connecting with domestic markets for recycling can be critical to success. Hear about APR’s new model bale specifications, done in conjunction with ISRI, which have been developed to alleviate confused communications between generators and markets. Learn what the potential financial value is of additionally sorting rigid plastics beyond #1 PET and #2 HDPE bottles and mixed plastics. In addition, discover where the domestic markets are located and what materials they take.

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Click here to read the article China puts up a green wall to US trash - Christian Science Monitor, June 19, 2013