The Association of Plastic Recyclers

APR Statement on the Frontline Program “Plastic Wars”

The Frontline program, "Plastic Wars," revisited old, anti-recycling messages and ignored many recent successes of the plastic recycling industry fueled by technology and innovation. The program highlighted a number of challenges facing the plastic recycling industry, but failed to show how APR and our member companies are taking on – and overcoming – these challenges.

APR is the "Voice of Plastic Recycling," working at every link of the plastic industry supply chain: helping to ensure that products and packaging are made to be recycled with our APR Design® for Plastics Recycling Guide, our training programs, and our testing protocols; advocating for improvements in infrastructure and technology so that the changing plastic stream can be effectively processed; and expanding market demand for and promoting the use of post-consumer plastic through our PCR certification and our APR Demand Champions programs. More information about our work is available online at

APR and plastic recycling is an important part of the solution to America's plastic problem. Recycling works. We see it happening every day. Smart investments now in product and packaging design, in infrastructure upgrades to improve our collection and sortation systems, and in the use of post-consumer material in new plastic products is the pathway to a more sustainable circular economy.

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