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Albéa lands partnership with P&G to launch recyclable toothpaste tubes

Albéa Group is proud to partner with FMCG leader P&G to launch several ranges of recyclable toothpaste tube, using its proprietary Greenleaf Generation 2 tube technology. P&G has recently announced that the new packaging would be released across its renowned Crest, Oral-B and Blend-a-med toothpaste brands. The three brands now feature recyc...

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Amcor partners 35 Consumer Goods Companies on recyclable packaging

Amcor, in partnership with 35 companies in the consumer goods industry, announced measures to significantly reduce plastic waste. Amcor and its partners in this coalition say they will be enforcing two new design rules to deliver packaging that is easier and more cost-effective to recycle. The first design rule aims to improve the economic viabilit...

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PP evolution makes all K-Cup coffee pods recyclable

Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) has made all of its K-Cup pods recyclable and added the How2Recycle label that communicates recycling instructions to consumers. Part of a longstanding sustainability commitment, the brand converted more than 100 manufacturing lines to produce the pods now made from polypropylene. KDP produces approximately 80 per cent of the...

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EPL’s Platina tube achieves First in the World title

First fully sustainable and completely recyclable tube and cap combination. EPL has announced that its Platina tube with an HDPE closure has been recognized by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) as the first fully sustainable and completely recyclable tube and cap combination in the world. Read the full article from Press Ideas. Read the fu...

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Film Suppliers and Food Companies Sharpen Plans for Sustainability Goals

Sustainable mandates are arriving in the next five years, and consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies and suppliers are collaborating to find answers to meet this difficult challenge. During the recent BNP Media-sponsored virtual Global Pouch Forum, David Luttenberger, global packaging director at Mintel, explained numerous consumer trends revolvin...

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5 Tips to Creating a Recyclable Flexible Package

Environmental issues for plastic packaging may have taken a back seat during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it's only a matter of time until the topic turns white hot again. A subset of the plastic environmental conversation is recycling. Confusion runs rampant among consumers as to what can and cannot be recycled — and in what manner. Interestingly, t...

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Report examines thermoform recovery options

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) thermoform packaging, which includes cups, clamshells, trays, bowls and deli, bakery and takeout containers, is growing in popularity. A new study by the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI), Falls Church, Virginia, and its project partners, "PET Thermoform Cost and Material Flow Analysis," presents relative costs ...

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Crest, Oral-B and Blend-a-med Announce the Launch of Their First Ever Recyclable HDPE Toothpaste Tubes in North America and Europe

Procter & Gamble (P&G) will start the switch to the recyclable HDPE tubes for Crest, Oral-B and Blend-a-med in January 2021 and will continue until full conversion, by 2025 for US and Europe. The launch of its first HDPE tubes will enable millions of households to recycle their toothpaste packaging in existing recycling streams. R...

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NAPCOR shares progress report on PET thermoform recycling

The National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR), Charlotte, North Carolina, has worked with stakeholders to improve the collection and recycling of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) thermoform packaging, including clamshells, cups, tubs, lids, boxes, trays, egg cartons and similar rigid, nonbottle packaging.  Over the past five ye...

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Commentary: Creating a circular economy requires advocacy and activism from all sectors

With global warming continuing to rise, reversing climate change through sustainable practices has become increasingly vital to the health of the planet. Sustainability initiatives can be found in nearly every industry, including plastic packaging. While single-use plastics are scrutinized for contributing to the upward global warming potential (GW...

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Avery Dennison Talks Circularity in Self-Adhesive Label Industry

Labels are everywhere – on soda bottles, lotion containers, pieces of fruit. Many of these self-adhesive labels are made of virgin plastics, and even those made of paper could have a plastic liner. A new coalition of more than 30 global companies in the self-adhesive value chain has formed with an end-goal of creating a circular industry and encour...

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APR Press Release: Newest APR Recycling Demand Champion Companies Announced at the October 2020 Virtual APR Meeting

November 4, 2020 - APR Press Release Newest APR Recycling Demand Champion Companies Announced at the October 2020 Virtual APR Meeting Campaign continues to experience exponential growth. The APR Recycling Demand Champions Campaign announced new commitments during the October 2020 APR Member Meeting, which was held virtually. Developed by The Associ...

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APR Press Release: Record Number of Innovations Recognized During October APR Member Meeting

October 29, 2020 - APR Press Release Record Number of Innovations Recognized During October APR Member Meeting Enhancing the recyclability of products to serve a global industry The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) announced a record number of innovations that have received APR Critical Guidance Recognition (CGR) during the October 2020 Virtu...

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APR Press Release: California Governor Signs Mandatory Recycled Content Bill

September 25, 2020 - APR Press Release California Governor Signs Mandatory Recycled Content Bill Nation's first recycled content requirement for plastic beverage containers will increase collection and supply, expand market demand The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) applauds California Governor Gavin Newsom today for signing the United State...

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APR Press Release: APR Joins U.S. Plastics Pact as Activator and Advisor

 

August 26, 2020 - APR Press Release

APR Joins U.S. Plastics Pact as Activator and Advisor

As The Voice of Plastics Recycling®, and a founding Activator, the APR will serve on the U.S. Pact Advisory Council’s Expert Panel.

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has joined the U.S. Plastics Pact, a collaborative, solutions-driven initiative rooted in four ambitious goals intended to drive significant systems change by unifying diverse cross-sector approaches, setting a national strategy, and creating scalable solutions to create a path forward toward a circular economy for plastics in the United States by 2025.

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APR Press Release: APR Publishes PE Film Critical Guidance and Test Documents

 

August 20, 2020 - APR Press Release

APR Publishes PE Film Critical Guidance and Test Documents

Working with Brand Owners and Recyclers to Achieve Recyclability Goals

A new testing protocol that determines whether film packaging is compatible with the current recycling infrastructure has been developed by the leading plastics recycling authority in North America.

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APR Press Release: Growth of APR’s PCR Certification Program Exceeds Expectations

 

August 7, 2020 - APR Press Release

Growth of APR’s PCR Certification Program Exceeds Expectations

The first industry program to certify postconsumer resin (PCR) for use in packaging has seen much faster acceptance in the marketplace than anticipated, according to the organization that introduced the program in late March.

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APR Press Release: APR Applauds Senate EPW Committee Hearing on Recycling; Urges Congress to Bolster Infrastructure and Demand for Recycled Content

 

June 17, 2020 - APR Press Release

APR Applauds Senate EPW Committee Hearing on Recycling; Urges Congress to Bolster Infrastructure and Demand for Recycled Content

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), The Voice of Plastic Recycling®, applauds the United States Senate Environment and Public Works Committee for holding an important hearing today on “Responding to the Challenges Facing Recycling in the United States.” APR members, who represent every link of the plastics industry supply chain, work every day to strengthen the circular economy and create a more sustainable, less wasteful world. 

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May 7, 2020 - APR Statement on California Executive Order That Suspends Ban on Single Use Plastic Bags (Order N-54-20)

 

May 7, 2020 - APR Statement

APR Statement on California Executive Order That Suspends Ban on Single Use Plastic Bags (Order N-54-20)

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) shares Governor Gavin Newsom’s goal to protect the health and well-being of all Californians. APR members are operating to serve Californians and our country, and safety always comes first. Our members follow the guidelines set by the State of California, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other relevant state and federal agencies.

On April 27th, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-54-20, which in part temporarily suspended the enforcement of the ban the distribution of single use plastic bags by specified retailers. It is important to note that the Executive Order did not ban or limit the use of reusable plastic bags nor require retailers to stop using the reusable bags produced by APR members. There continues to be sufficient amount of postconsumer resin (PCR) for APR members to produce reusable bags, and there has been no change in the reasons why these reusable bags are popular: these products are good for the environment and are popular among California’s consumers. There are also no safety concerns with the inclusion of PCR in reusable bags as long the Cal-OSHA guidelines for consumers using their own bags are followed.

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APR Press Release: APR and NERC Launch New Government Recycling Demand Champion Program

March 30, 2020 - APR Press Release

APR and NERC Launch New Government Recycling Demand Champion Program

Successful Campaign Expands Beyond Private Sector

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) today announced a new partnership with The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) to grow a groundbreaking campaign that expands market demand for recycled resins and improves plastic recycling in North America. The Government Recycling Demand Champions, a companion to APR’s well-established Recycling Demand Champions Campaign, will be tailored to state, regional and local governments around the United States.

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