The Association of Plastic Recyclers

Recycled Content is King for Brands and Takes Center Stage in 2022

Large and small consumer brands are partnering with many different stakeholders in the flexible packaging ecosystem with the express goal of finding supply chains of recycled content for the near future. The themes that appear to be emerging for 2022 are strategies for scale for mechanical recyclers, upstart advanced recycling companies and advance...

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Closing the loop with deinking

Inks make up a small portion of packaging percentage-wise, but play a big role in packaging functionality, informing consumers about the contents of the packaging and promoting the packaged product on the shelf. However, inks can become a challenge when it comes to packaging recyclability, as they need to be removed to obtain clean, pure recyclate ...

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APR backs EPR legislation in Colorado

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has welcomed the news that Colorado has become the third US state to pass Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) legislation in order to enhance the recycling of packaging and printed paper. Read the full article from Plastics in Packaging.Read the full article from Recycling Product News.

Plastic Recyclers Voice Support for Colorado HB22-135 Producer Responsibility Legislation and Encourage Governor to Sign into Law

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) was pleased to learn that Colorado became the third state to pass Producer Responsibility legislation, with HB22-1355 being recognized as the strongest Producer Responsibility policy in the nation. We strongly support HB22-1355 being signed into law to create a producer responsibility program to enhance th...

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Simplicycle™ Flow Control Valve: Designed for Recyclability

Aptar Food + Beverage is an active member of the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), an international trade association representing the plastics recycling industry. APR works to provide guidance and support to help companies stay aligned with the evolving dynamics and demands, starting with designing for recyclability. This is a two-pronged ap...

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Talking Points: Pandemic led to recycling deficit

Many local governments curtailed curbside recycling collection, leaving 290 million fewer pounds of post-consumer plastics recycled in 2020. Read the full article from PMM.

Plastics labeling needs consistency, clarity

Consumers are confused and frustrated by recycling label systems in the U.S., and it will take a group effort to fix the problem, panelists told Plastics Recycling Conference attendees. During the "Tensions in Recyclability Labeling" session at the 2022 Plastics Recycling Conference, which was held in March near Washington, D.C., four panelists tal...

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Plastics recycling report draws mainstream notice

A recent report on plastic recycling rates from The Last Beach Clean Up and Beyond Plastics has attracted the attention of several large news outlets and the mainstream public, but industry leaders said the data is misleading and counter-productive. Read the full article from Plastics Recycling Update.

Ticking All the Boxes with Aptar’s SimpliCycle™ Recyclable Valve

To best support the new market demands and help our customers achieve their environmental goals and become more competitive, at Aptar Food + Beverage, we aim to be engaged at the very early stages of the development process in the regulatory environment. We are proud that SimpliCycle received Critical Guidance Recognition from the Association of Pl...

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Berry Global Develops Innovative, New Cup with Post-Consumer Recycled Plastic in Partnership with Taco Bell®

Berry Global Group, Inc. and Taco Bell are making strides toward a more circular approach to sustainable packaging with the launch of a new clear, all-plastic cup containing mechanically recycled post-consumer resin (PCR). The move represents progress by both organizations in meeting their publicly stated sustainability commitments. Read the full a...

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APR Press Release: APR Debuts New Circular by Design™ Video

Video is Part of Association's Commitment to Increasing Supply of Recycled Content and Reducing Recycling Stream Contamination Washington, DC – The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has developed and released a new, short video illustrating the association's commitment to helping companies manufacture products and packaging that are compatible...

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(VIDEO) Association of Plastic Recyclers video highlights plastic circularity guidelines

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has released a video illustrating the association's commitment to helping companies manufacture products and packaging that are compatible with today's North American plastics recycling infrastructure – products that are Circular by Design. APR envisions a world with a circular economy for plastic goods in...

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Pandemic affects the amount of plastics recovered for recycling

The COVID-19 pandemic combined with low virgin resin pricing and a vastly reduced overseas export market affected plastic recycling in North America in 2020, according to a report sponsored by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), the Foundation for Plastic Recycling, The Recycling Partnership and the U.S. Plastics Pact. The "2020 U.S. Post-c...

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Avery Dennison delves into latest sustainability trends

The company has engineered multiple new products to meet demand from brands and consumers.Sustainability is one of the biggest trends in the label and package printing industry, and companies throughout all levels of the supply chain have responded to consumer demand. From suppliers to brands, companies have committed to lowering their carbon footp...

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APR Press Release: NORTH AMERICAN PLASTIC RECYCLING VOLUMES HIGHLIGHT NEED FOR IMMEDIATE SOLUTIONS

The 2020 U.S. Post-consumer Plastic Recycling Data Report released today highlights that like most industries, plastics recycling faced significant challenges through the COVID-19 Pandemic. Major disruptions in collection, transportation and staffing shortages, as well as supply chain issues impacted the supply of material available for recycling. ...

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APR reiterates position on degradable additives

Every so often the Association of Plastic Recyclers feels the need to come out with its views on degradable additives. That time has come once again, APR CEO Steve Alexander said, as there's been more talk in the past year or so regarding the use of such additives and their impact on mechanical recycling. Read the full article from Plastics News. R...

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Compliance with California’s minimum recycled content presents challenges

On 1 January, 2022, California's minimum recycled content mandate for plastic beverage containers came into effect, contributing to the growing demand for recycled resins.  Brands have an essential role in contributing to increasing sustainability in the value chain. Aside from having to comply with such mandates on recycled content for bevera...

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Take Action to Navigate and Advance Today’s Recycling System with Circular Packaging Assessment Tool

After more than two years of input from a variety of participants, today the Pathway to Circularity for Residential Recycling Framework (Framework) is available for brands, retailers, packaging manufacturers, MRFs, communities, policymakers and others to use through the Circular Packaging Assessment Tool (Tool). While recyclability messaging (on pa...

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Keeping Up with Regulatory Trends, Business Opportunities in Sustainable Packaging

As we see more and more legislation aimed at improving both recyclability and safety of packaging, it is best to first understand your company's baseline in sustainable packaging. Then, there are a growing number of tools designed to help companies keep track of and meet these evolving requirements. Read the full article from Sustainable Brands.

APR Statement on the Effects of Degradable Additives on Plastics Recycling

Steve Alexander, President & CEO of the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), issued the following statement regarding the effects of degradable additives on mechanical recycling of postconsumer plastics: Claims regarding the recyclability of degradable additives are unfounded, untested, and possibly misleading as outlined by the U.S. Federal...

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