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Cascade’s Closed Loop Story Around Recycling Carts

After China's crackdown on plastic exports, Cascade Cart Solutions saw a spike in the already high volumes of these materials at domestic recycling facilities. This sparked the manufacturer and supplier of recycling containers to find ways to use more material in the U.S. and create pull through demand markets. EcoCarts launched in 2020 with one la...
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Active market

After a period of stagnation, there has been a swarm of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity recently, as the post-Covid landscape offers those with strong balance sheets new opportunities to invest and acquire. Issues concerning recycling and waste management are rarely far from the headlines, and last month was no exception. The North Americ...
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Plastics Recycling: APR weighs in on a potential solution

What are the potential solutions for the recycling of plastic beverage containers? In this episode of Closing the Loop, Return-It President & CEO Allen Langdon speaks with Steve Alexander. They discuss APR's position paper on deposit collection programs for beverage containers, chemical recycling, US deposit programs and more. Listen to the&nbs...
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The Recycling Partnership Announces Results of Annual Board Election

The newly-elected Board Directors of The Recycling Partnership bring unmatched sustainability and industry knowledge, and business expertise to help lead The Partnership's work to transform the U.S. recycling system and activate a circular economy for packaging. The Partnership is the lead organization in the country that engages the full recycling...
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Nutrients secured

Increasingly, consumers desire information about the health, safety, environmental and socioeconomic characteristics of food products. These traits often cannot be detected by sight, smell, or taste – so consumers must use food labels to select products that meet their needs and preferences. Read the full article from Labels and Labeling.

California report sparks debate over PP collection

A government-convened commission of California recycling stakeholders has outlined steps to boost markets and cut contamination. But the group's report also leaves polypropylene off a key initial list of accepted materials, drawing quick pushback from national associations. Read the full article from Plastics Recycling Update. Read the full article...
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PET shrink label products meet recyclability guidelines

The Association of Plastic Recyclers has recognized three shrink label innovations for their compatibility with PET recycling processes. In recent months, APR awarded critical guidance letters acknowledging that Siegwerk's washable inks, CCL Label's floating polyolefin label, and Garware Polyester's crystallizable co-polyester film with washable in...
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For a sustainable future, it's time to get behind the US Plastics Pact

We know changes are coming to the U.S. plastics packaging market. That's obvious to packaging sector experts. And that's the biggest reason for the U.S. plastics industry to support the U.S. Plastics Pact. Read the full article from Plastics News. 

Our top stories from June 2021

APR's evolving positions on chemical recycling, the use of mass balance methodologies for post-consumer plastics, and bottle deposit programs drew clicks last month. Read the full article from Plastics Recycling Update.

Kraton Stock Increased 5.53%: Why It Happened

The stock price of Kraton Corporation – a leading global sustainable producer of specialty polymers and high-value biobased products derived from pine wood pulping co-products – increased by 5.53%. Investors appear to be responding positively to Kraton Corporation receiving Critical Guidance Recognition from the Association of Plastic Recyclers (AP...
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Kraton's CirKular+™ Additives Receive APR Critical Guidance Recognition For HDPE Bottles

Kraton Corporation , a leading global sustainable producer of specialty polymers and high-value biobased products derived from pine wood pulping co-products, is pleased to receive Critical Guidance Recognition from the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) for its CirKular+ Performance Enhancement Series C2000 and C3000 for high-density polyethyle...
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Plastic Pollution – A Quick Look at Leading Organizations

APR was named as one of the leading organizations taking action on plastic pollution. Read the full article from Security and Sustainability Guide.  

Industry Statement: Response to California Commission Omission of Polypropylene from CA Statewide Recyclable List Recommendation to CalRecycle

The following is a joint statement attributable to Steve Alexander, President, and CEO, The Association of Plastic Recyclers; Ron Gonen, CEO, Closed Loop Partners; and Keefe Harrison, CEO, The Recycling Partnership: (July 1, 2021) — "The recent recommendations made by the California Statewide Commission on Curbside Recycling and Market Development ...
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Celebrating sustainability successes in dairy processing

Dairy processors share some recent sustainability projects — and their impressive results.  Food and beverage manufacturers have made great strides during the past couple of decades when it comes to sustainability, and dairy processors are no exception. In fact, many — if not most — dairy processors have set ambitious sustainability goals and ...
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Amcor Flexibles North America installs blown film line at Wisconsin plant

Amcor Flexibles North America (AFNA) has invested in a blown-film production line at its converter film plant in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The seven-layer blown film line will manufacture Amcor's AmPrima PE Plus ultra-clear and heat-resistant films. Last August, Amcor's AmPrima PE Plus solution was formally recognised by the Association of Plastics Recyc...
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Eastman unveils Cristal One recyclable resins for thick-walled, luxury cosmetics packaging

US chemical company Eastman is unveiling Cristal One, a portfolio of Resin Identification Code 1 (RIC1) resins engineered to meet the demands of thick-walled packaging for luxury cosmetics, which can be easily recycled. Read the full article from Packaging Insights.

Amid rising interest in packaging policy, bottle bill changes still struggle to break through

Recycling industry experts, the beverage industry, waste haulers, and redemption center operators have long navigated high tensions and competing interests to address the issues plaguing these state systems meant to do just that – "get every bottle back." Creating and maintaining a well-run container deposit system is a complicated endeavor. Althou...
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Report: Flat recycling rates point to need for investment

A new report from industry groups said the overall plastic bottle recycling rate in the United States dropped slightly to 28.4 percent in 2019, highlighting the need for additional investment in the sector. A June 18 report from the Association of Plastic Recyclers and the American Chemistry Council said that in the aggregate the amount of plastic ...
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APR Press Release: NORTH AMERICAN PLASTIC RECYCLING RATES HIGHLIGHT NEED FOR INVESTMENT IN COLLECTION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

APR Press Release: NORTH AMERICAN PLASTIC RECYCLING RATES HIGHLIGHT NEED FOR INVESTMENT IN COLLECTION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
WASHINGTON (June 18, 2021) – North American recyclers continue to recycle the majority of the post-consumer plastic recovered for recycling. Recycling of plastics in North America has risen approximately 8% since 2017. However, the recycling industry faces ongoing challenges, according to a 2019 survey sponsored by the Association of Plastic Recycl...
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Conference programs released for AMI’s plastics industry expos in Cleveland, Ohio

The conference programs have been revealed for the four focused plastics industry expos taking place in Cleveland, Ohio on November 3-4, 2021. The Compounding World, Plastics Extrusion World, Plastics Recycling World and Polymer Testing World Expos will feature five free-to-attend conference theaters with more than 100 speakers across the two days....
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