The Association of Plastic Recyclers

APR chief cites concerns over degradable additives

The chief executive of the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has issued a statement citing the organisation's concerns that degradable additives will have negative effects on PCR. Read the full article from Plastics in Packaging. Read the full article from Recycling Today. Read the full article from Waste Today.

Polypropylene Curbside Recycling to Improve for Millions of Americans with Seven New Grants Awarded

The Recycling Partnership today announced its fourth round of grant funding through its Polypropylene Recycling Coalition ("the Coalition"), issuing nearly $1.6 million in catalytic grants to advance polypropylene recycling in the U.S. These funds will improve curbside polypropylene recycling access for approximately 6.9% of U.S. households when co...

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New Jersey Bill Would Restrict ‘Recyclable’ Claims; Require Solid Triangle for RIC

A recently introduced bill in New Jersey (Bill S2145/A1554) would prohibit the sale, distribution, and import of certain products and packaging marked as recyclable, unless the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) determines that the products are widely recycled. The bill specifies that the use of a chasing arrows symbol surrounding a re...

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How Republic's investment in secondary plastics processing puts a 'different twist' on vertical integration

It's traditionally been less common for haulers and MRF operators to have a further role in the supply chain, but growing PCR demand and other market factors could make the strategy more profitable. Read the full article from Waste Dive.

Association of Plastic Recyclers endorses New York recycling proposal

The association says New York's Extended Produce Responsibility Act could triple recycling rates for residential materials and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Read the full article from Waste Today.

What's in a name? A lot when it comes to molecular plastics recycling

There's a rub within the plastics recycling industry these days regarding just what to call technology that returns waste plastics to their molecular form. These processes, including pyrolysis, methanolysis and glycolysis, are known as chemical recycling, advanced recycling or even molecular recycling, depending on who is speaking. Read the full ar...

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APR Press Release: Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) Endorses Governor Hochul’s Recycling Proposal

Extended Produce Responsibility Act could triple recycling rates for residential materials and lower GHG emissions Steve Alexander, President of The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), The Voice of Plastics Recycling®, issued the following statement on New York Governor Kathy Hochul's Executive Budget proposal to enact an extended producer resp...

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APR elects 2022 board of directors

The Washington-based Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has announced its newly elected executive committee and board of directors for 2022. Roxanne Spiekerman of PreZero US has been elected chair for the upcoming year, with Greg Janson of Granite Peak Plastics and Eric Targgart of Custom Polymers serving as vice chair and treasurer respectivel...

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The Current State of Plastics Recycling

Plastic waste is a significant environmental problem for the world. But the good news is that new technologies, from design through end of life, are making it easier to recycle plastics and have them be a good citizen in the circular economy. The ultimate goal is to eliminate plastic waste. In this interview, we speak with Kara Pochiro, the Vice Pr...

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Plastic Recyclers Elect New Board of Directors for 2022

Strong Leadership to Support the Plastics Recycling Industry The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) recently announced its newly elected Executive Committee and Board of Directors, to lead the organization for 2022. Roxanne Spiekerman of PreZero US has been elected Chair for the upcoming year, with Greg Janson of Granite Peak Plastics and Eric ...

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Packaging sustainability legislation places more responsibility on producers

Determined to help pet companies achieve more sustainable operations, the Pet Sustainability Coalition (PSC) held its UnPacked22 event, which brought together the industry to discuss the importance of sustainability in packaging from Feb. 22 to 24. During the event, Sandi Childs, a consultant from the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), and Mic...

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Plastics Recycling Conference: Supply solutions needed to meet 2025 demand growth projections

Numerous brands have already announced their 2025 goals for increasing recycled content in their packaging, but supply of postconsumer recycled resin will likely fall short of the 2025 demand, said speakers at last week's Plastics Recycling Conference. Experts weighed in on how to remedy these supply and demand issues. They urged rapid mobilization...

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A push for Washington to police the ‘Wild West' of plastics recyclability

A recycling group and environmentalists want Washington to be much more aggressive in policing claims about the recyclability of plastic packaging, and they're looking to the Federal Trade Commission to get the ball rolling. The FTC is expected this year to launch a rewrite of its environmental marketing rules for what companies can say on packagin...

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Aligning PCR supply with demand

The supply of postconsumer recycled resins typically used in packaging is insufficient to meet projected 2025 demand, which is being driven by legislative mandates and voluntary brand commitments, particularly for food-contact applications, according to the analysis provided by representatives from Independent Commodity Intelligence Services (ICIS)...

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Progress and Success Despite Ongoing Challenges: An Overview of the Past Year at APR

2021 saw both positive developments and continued challenges for plastic recycling. Design and supply hurdles; legislative and regulatory proposals; transportation and hiring issues along with increased state legislative activities all combined to require even greater levels of engagement from APR's expert staff. Thanks to the continued support of ...

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Ampacet Additive Makes Multilayer Barrier Films Recyclable

Masterbatch supplier Ampacet, Tarrytown, NY, has launched a compatibilizer that boosts the recyclability of multilayer barrier films containing polyamide 6 (PA6) and ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH). ReVive 311A, when used with EVOH (32 mol %) and/or PA6 nylon barrier layers in PE films, has been recognized by the Association of Plastics Recyclers (AP...

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Solvent-Based Inks Boost PET Recycling

Sun Chemical has launched a recycling-friendly, solvent-based ink that it says will boost recycling rates for PET bottles. Its SunSpectro SolvaWash GR and FL washable/deinkable gravure and flexo-printable inks are designed for reverse printing of crystallizable PET shrink sleeves. The ink has been recognized by the Association of Plastic Recyclers ...

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Albéa has just been granted recognition from the Association of Plastic Recyclers for its printed extruded tube with low melt flow HDPE Slim Cap.

After its recognition by RecyClass (Plastics Recyclers Europe) last year, the US version of the pioneering mono-material HDPE tube and flip top cap have been formally recognized by APR and is now compatible with established, at-scale HDPE bottles recycling streams. Read the full article from Sustainable Packaging News.

Find us at the Plastics Recycling Conference!

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We're a week away from the most important gathering of the plastics recycling industry – will we see you there?  The Plastics Recycling Conference is the largest North American gathering of plastics recycling and sustainability professionals, annually bringing together more than 2,000 industry decision-makers. This conference tackles the most ...

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APR creates catalog to help with global plastics recycling

U.S.-based Association of Plastic Recyclers is launching a new global design catalog to help companies navigate various plastics recyclability guidelines around the world. APR frequently updates its own Design Guide for Plastics Recyclability, but has often talked about the difficulties for companies to navigate different guidelines around the glob...

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