The Association of Plastic Recyclers

Demystifying PCR Certification

View the recording View the slides We all play an important role in the world of plastics recycling, and with the right tools we can work together to make the circular economy a reality. The production and consumption of post-consumer resin (PCR) are essential in a circular economy. The APR PCR Certification program provides transparency to support...

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APR Press Release: APR Expands Meets Preferred Guidance Program

Near-infrared sortable dark color concentrates now eligible for recognition The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) today announced a new packaging component to be included in the Meets Preferred Guidance (MPG) Program which recognizes materials, packaging components, and complete packages composed of PET, HDPE, PP, and PE film that are consider...

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Join APR at Pack Expo for Plastic Package Design Guidance to Meet 2025 Circularity Commitments

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), the Voice of Plastics Recycling®, will hold "Industry Meets" educational sessions on recyclable package design during PACK EXPO, October 23-26 in Chicago, Illinois. Attend one of the 5 sessions to learn how to create packaging that is Circular by Design™. "The APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability ...

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APR Press Release: APR Commends Kraft Heinz for Commitment to Package Design for Recyclability

First company to hold third APR Design® Guide Training Program  The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), the Voice of Plastic Recycling®, commends Kraft Heinz for completing 3 full sessions of the APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability Training Program. Demonstrating their commitment to develop packaging that is Circular by Desig...

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Matt Seaholm: No, Minneapolis billboard, plastic recycling is not a myth

While traveling just before the Labor Day holiday I was greeted on an open highway in Minneapolis by a gigantic billboard emblazoned with, "Plastic Recycling is a Myth." As someone who spends a significant portion of his time discussing the merits of recycling, having publicly testified about the need to greatly expand recycling in America, I could...

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More Features Than Ever at PACK EXPO International 2022

The packaging and processing industries are set to come together to share innovations, connect with colleagues, hear from experts – including the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) – see machinery-in-action and the latest packaging materials at the most comprehensive packaging and processing show in the world in 2022, PACK EXPO International (O...

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APR Press Release: ISRI and APR Release Updated Recycled Plastics Specifications

Updates Reflect Current Market Acceptance and Evolving Recyclable Materials (Washington, DC) – The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) and The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) today announced the latest update to the ISRI Scrap Specifications Circular and APR Model Bale Specifications to include updated recycled plastics specificat...

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ISRI and APR Release Updated Recycled Plastics Specifications

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) and The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) today announced the latest update to the ISRI Scrap Specifications Circular and APR Model Bale Specifications to include updated recycled plastics specifications. Following a collaborative process between the two organizations and their members, the sp...

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Green Seal Introduces Sustainable Packaging Advisory Group

Green Seal is introducing a Sustainable Packaging Advisory Group to reward producers that reduce packaging waste, increase the use of recycled content in packaging, and verify the recyclability of packaging materials. To date, leading industry associations – including the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) – retailers, and manufacture...

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Driving global harmonisation for recyclability

RecyClass and the Association of Plastics Recyclers, the international association representing the plastics recycling industry, reinforce their collaboration to drive worldwide harmonisation of plastic packaging recyclability. The basis of this collaboration is a shared vision of science-based design for recycling guidelines and protocols for recy...

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APR certification: What you need to know

APR certification has grown increasingly popular in today's label and package printing market. But what is the APR, and how can it benefit label companies? The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) is an international trade association representing the plastics recycling industry. APR member companies are committed to the success of plastics recyc...

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Nebraska Recycling Council announces dates for recycling conference

The Nebraska Recycling Council (NRC), Lincoln, Nebraska, is hosting its annual fall conference and award luncheon in-person on Thursday, Sept. 15th at the Graduate in Lincoln, Nebraska. The keynote speakers are Bob Gedert, president of the National Recycling Coalition and Steve Alexander, president of Resource Recycling and the Association of Plast...

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Plastics Packaging Recyclers Attribute Low Recycling Rates to Lacking Collections

About 81% of the most widely used consumer-facing packaging is made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), and/or polypropylene (PP), which collectively have a 21% recycling rate in the U.S. But recyclers have capacity to process up to 42% of these three resins with their existing infrastructure, according to the Ass...

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Americans Are Better at Recycling Than We’re Led to Believe

A new report based on extensive analysis of the $236-billion US recycling industry illustrates that, contrary to some oft-cited data, plastics recycling is vibrant and poised for growth. The report by the Association of Plastic Recyclers shines more detailed light on what it calls "discouraging — and usually misleading — data points" such as the En...

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‘Resilient’ US plastics recyclers have great expectations

The US recycling industry is currently worth US $236 billion with the plastics sector gaining momentum. New data from the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) reveals the market employs more than 200 000 people, second only to the ferrous scrap industry, which employs 250 000.'Plastics recycling represents an industry that processed almost 2.3 mi...

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Domestic destinations for recycled paper and plastic are growing. Is National Sword the reason?

A wave of investments occurred in the U.S. over the last five years, but experts debate how much is due to China's import restrictions versus economic, environmental and geopolitical factors. Read the full article from Waste Dive.

Q&A: The response to ‘recycling does not work’

Plastic recycling is facing criticism for its low recovery rate, with a recent article in The Atlantic magazine claiming the process "does not work." Argus spoke with Steve Alexander, chief executive of industry group the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), about the criticisms and supply issues that have dogged plastics recyclers in 2022. Read...

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APR: US recyclers have capacity to grow, but not enough feedstock

Plastics recyclers are willing to do their part to increase recycling rates in the United States, but they are currently constrained by supply available to their facilities, according to a trade group representing them. And, by the way, those recycling rates are not as bad a people are being led to believe, according to the Association of Plastic R...

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Is Single-Stream Recycling Worth It?

Single-stream recycling makes it simple for consumers to recycle. You no longer have to sort paper, plastic, cardboard and glass into separate containers to take to the curb. In theory, this should increase recycling and diversion rates. However, the convenience may come at a cost. Confusion about what can and can't be recycled along with contamina...

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The Real Truth About Plastics Recycling: A Focus on Progress, Facts and Data to Show Plastics Recycling Works

View the recording View the slides Recycling works. As the Voice of Plastics Recycling® we see it happening every day. Let's focus on progress, and what we can do to improve the system. We need to create more supply of postconsumer plastic material and focus on the facts. In 2020, during a global pandemic, almost 5 billion pounds of plastics packag...

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