Web Seminars Archives 2014

The 2014 APR Plastics Recycling Web Seminar Education Series

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, seafood, bakery and pharmacy departments are a high volume disposal item with strong recycling market value. Attend this webinar to learn how a major US  grocery chain is successfully recovering their grocery rigids, hear from the plastic recycling marketplace on rigid plastics value, and learn what resources are available in Canada and the US to help you implement programs. Speakers include Liz Bedard, APR; Ted Brown, Brown Sustainability Solutions; Kim Brunson, Publix; Keith Bechard, Entropex; and Krista Friesen, CPIA.

Additional Information Available at: Grocery Rigids Website & Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) Website

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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. Learn about the depth in demand for scrap plastic film and the tools available on to support the collection of high quality material. Speakers include Nina Bellucci Butler, Moore Recycling Associates; Dave Heglas, Trex; and Jim Feeney, Wisconsin Film & Bag.

This webinar is part of the APR educational series, with cooperation from the FFRG, which works to increase the collection and processing of flexible film.

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Expanding Opportunities in #3-7 Plastics Recycling

June 24, 2014

Before the implementation of China’s Green Fence Policy, the majority of #3-7 plastics were exported. Domestic plastic reclaimers have proactively and positively responded - resulting in many new opportunities within North America for the recycling of these materials. This webinar will provide you the opportunity to hear plastic recycling industry experts discuss the markets, uses and other important considerations involved with recycling this important yet sometime challenging stream of recyclable plastics. Please join us to hear the latest update on some of the current opportunities available for #3-7 plastics recycling. Speakers will include Liz Bedard, APR; Patty Moore, Moore Recycling Associates; Susan Albritton, Sonoco; Dave Bellon, QRS; and Mary McClellan, ReCommunity.

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APR's New Tool for MRFs: Sort for Value Matrix

April 23, 2014 

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 APR Rigids Program, in cooperation with Moore Recycling, has developed a graphic tool called the "Sort for Value Matrix" that illustrates the economic value of sorting recyclable rigid plastics. This webinar will review the methodology used in developing the matrix as well as provide an explanation on how MRFs can use the matrix to better understand the potential value of their rigid plastic stream.

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Click here to read Sorting for Value, Resource Recycling February 2014