Web Seminars Archives 2018

The 2018 APR Plastics Recycling Web Seminar Education Series

Sustainable Materials Management: A Compliment or a Barrier to Recycling?

Tuesday, November 6th at 1:00 pm EDT

Presenters:  Kara Pochiro, APR VP of Communicatiosn & Public Affairs; Steve Alexander, APR President & CEO; and Ron Vance, Chief, Resource Conservation Branch, US EPA

According to the EPA, “Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) is a systemic approach to using and reusing materials more productively over their entire life cycles,” but is the program a compliment or a barrier to recycling? APR firmly believes that sustainability cannot exist without strong recycling systems and programs. Can SMM and recycling complement each other? Of course, but it should not be used to replace recycling as a key component of sustainability, or as a diversion of resources from the necessary investment in infrastructure to support and expand recycling. Learn about the basic principles of SMM and why recycling should remain a crucial element in its adoption.

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Plastic Sorting Best Management Practices: Resources for MRFs, Municipalities, & Reclaimers

Tuesday, September 25th at 1:00 pm EDT

Bale sorts, waste composition studies, plastics sorts, and other studies are a regular practice for MRFs, municipalities, and relcaimers, as well as other organizations. Although beneficial information is gathered from these sorts and studies, the process is not standardized, making it difficult to compare results. The APR Plastics Sorting Best Management Practices (BMPs) have been developed to provide guidelines to standardize plastic sorting categories and the terminology used to report the resulting data. Let’s all speak the same language! Along with a synopsis of the BMPs, learn about what terms are used, why they were chosen, and the importance of consistent reporting metrics and its value to municipalities, MRF’s, and the entire recycling industry.

Presenters:  Liz Bedard, Director of APR's Rigid Plastics Recycling Program; Tonya Randell, Project Manager at More Recycling Associates; and Stacey Demers, Project Director at SCS Engineers

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Click here to check out The APR Plastic Sorting Best Practices Guide.


Life Cycle Inventory Analysis: The First Inventory to Include Recycled PET, HDPE, and PP

Tuesday, August 21st at 1:00 pm EDT

Information gained from Life Cycle Inventories (LCI) provide the data to calculate the emissions of greenhouse gases. This information is critical to understand the true environmental impact of recycled plastics. The soon to be published 2018 Life Cycle Assessment includes updates to the PET and HDPE information from the 2010 LCI, with the addition of Polypropylene (PP). This webinar will provide a summary of the 2018 LCI, the implications for the plastics recycling industry, and the potential impact on demand for recycled resins.

Presenters:  Steve Alexander, President of APR and Beverly Sauer, Senior Project Manager and Life Cycle Analyst with Franklin Associates

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The APR Recycling Demand Champion Campaign: Proactively Building Demand for Recycled Plastics

Tuesday, May 22nd at 1:00 pm EDT

The APR Recycling Demand Champions Campaign plays a prominent role in expanding the market for residential plastics, driving investment, increasing supply and producing more high quality PCR. The initial phase of the campaign focused on purchasing new volume PCR through “work in process” (WIP) durable goods, but has expanded to include any and all NEW applications for PCR. Why does this Campaign come at a critical time for plastics recycling industry? What does the Campaign entail? A variety of stakeholders will detail the key roles they play to push overall growth in the use of recycled plastics.

Presenters:  Liz Bedard, APR Rigid Plastics Recycling Director
                    Greg Janson, CEO at QRS Inc.
                    Steve Sikra, Section Head at Procter & Gamble

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APR Sorting Potential Protocols: Identifying Packages that Get Lost in the Recycling Process

Tuesday, April 17th at 1:00 pm EDT

The APR Sorting Potential Protocols are designed to identify specific features that may cause an entire package to be lost in the recycling process. This knowledge enables design engineers to focus their improvement efforts as they design with recyclability in mind. These protocols complement the information provided in The APR Design® for Plastics Recyclability. This webinar will provide summary of the protocols, and their ability to reduce contamination in the waste stream, and increase the volume material that is properly sorted and available to plastics recyclers.

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EU and CA Packaging Regulations: What do They Mean for Plastics Recycling?

Tuesday, March 27 

EPR, Mandated Recycled Content, Product Bans, Take Back Requirements. These terms have recently taken on a renewed sense of urgency. California’s state agency responsible for recycling regulations, Calrecycle, has just announced new proposals to regulate plastic packaging and the plastics recycling industry. Similar proposals in Europe are regularly announced. How serious are these proposals, what are their chances for implementation, and what do they mean for the recycling industry in North America, Europe, and beyond?

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