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Scholle IPN Announces Launch of First APR-Recognized, 100% Recyclable Bag-in-Box Package for Water

Scholle IPN, a leading global supplier of flexible packaging solutions, announced today that their bag-in-box packaging for water passed the Association of Plastic Recyclers' FPE-CG-01 testing, which evaluates the compatibility of flexible packaging with film-to-film recycling processes. The package is the first bag-in-box format to pass this testi...
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APR recognizes recyclability of packaging technologies

HDPE tubes, PET aerosol containers and PP thermoforms were among the packaging innovations that received recyclability recognition from the Association of Plastic Recyclers recently. APR awarded critical guidance recognition letters to tube manufacturer Tupack Verpackungen, brand owner Procter & Gamble (P&G), pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmi...
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Recycling, sustainability are goals for Milliken additives

Milliken & Co. is offering processors additives that can help improve recycling and meet other sustainability goals. DeltaMax-brand additives can be used to increase the processability of recycled polypropylene resins while maintaining or increasing toughness, officials with Milliken in Spartanburg, S.C., said. The firm's Millad NX 8000 ECO cla...
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Collective approach vital to boost PCR plastics

Collaboration, greater dialogue and fresh thinking are needed to increase the use of post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic in new products, according to experts in the industry. The issue was the theme of a virtual discussion on the second day of the 2021 annual conference of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI). While brands are ...
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Six Questions About Sustainability at Sun Chemical

Cross-industry partnerships and collaborations are critical in contributing to sustainability initiatives because they help us understand what the needs and gaps are in becoming more sustainable in particular packaging industries.  For example, our partnership with the Association of Plastic Recyclers helps us better understand some of the cha...
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Washington state passes recycled-content mandate, EPS ban

Washington state legislators have passed one of the country's more far-reaching measures mandating recycled content in plastic bottles and trash bags as well as banning some polystyrene foam packaging. The legislation was adopted by the state Senate April 19 and now heads to the desk of Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee. It aims to boost recycling ma...
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Mactac introduces Simply Sustainable initiative

Mactac, a leading supplier of PS adhesives, has introduced the company's Simply Sustainable culture of environmental responsibility, which delivers enhanced value to customers, end-users, employees, and communities.Read the full article from Label & Narrow Web.

Six Ways Associations Can Bring “Earth Day Is Every Day” to Life

Earth Day prompts us all to focus on environmentalism. But many associations—through their buildings, sustainability strategies, and advocacy—live the celebration's ethos year-round. In the more than 50 years since a nonprofit called the Earth Day Network (now known as marked April 22 as Earth Day, associations and other nonprofi...
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Washington’s minimum recycled content bill expected to pass

State legislators have approved a minimum recycled content bill that is headed to the governor's desk. SB 5022 passed by the state's Senate March 2. After passing in the House, the Senate also approved House amendments to the bill April 19. The bill is headed to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's desk for signature Read the full article from Recycling To...
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Minimum recycled content bill heads to Washington governor's desk

Industry experts and environmental groups say they expect SB 5022 to pass, in part, because of strong support for its minimum recycled content requirements, a concept that has been gaining traction nationally. Steve Alexander, president and CEO of the Association of Plastic Recyclers, said he anticipates Das' bill to be one of many such bills acros...
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Ink Innovation

Even though suppliers have been tasked with designing inks that pop on the label – at faster speeds and with quicker turnaround times – the products must still meet the demand for other emerging trends. Sustainability, for example, is a key tenet of ink development, as these products play one of the most vital roles in the health of the environment...
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NERC conference explores EPR, refillable bottle and circular economy possibilities

The Northeast Recycling Council's spring conference highlighted the possibilities and the pitfalls of innovation at the local, state, and national levels to improve recycling results. Speakers addressed options for expanding U.S. refillable bottle programs, insights from Canada's diverse EPR systems, and the long-term role chemical recycling could ...
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Industry connects online at a pivotal juncture

Hundreds of plastics recycling and sustainability professionals are taking part in this week's virtual Plastics Recycling Conference, which is offering discussions on policy, markets and more at a time of sector uncertainty. The 16th-annual Plastics Recycling Conference, taking place April 7-8, has drawn over 820 registered attendees and more than ...
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Polypropylene Recycling Coalition announces second round of grants

The Recycling Partnership, Falls Church, Virginia, has announced a second round of grant funding through its Polypropylene Recycling Coalition. In this round, nearly $1 million will be distributed to three material recovery facilities (MRFs), allowing them to invest in equipment to recover polypropylene (PP). Read the full article from Waste Today....
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First Day of Northeast Recycling Council’s Spring Conference Covers EPR, Policy Making, Overview of Recycling Markets, and More

The Northeast Recycling Council kicked off their Spring Virtual Conference yesterday with a keynote panel on "Understanding and Choosing the Right EPR Model: The Canadian Experience" moderated by Josh Kelly, Materials Management Section Chief at the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. Next, the discussion turned to "Setting Post-consumer Recycled ...
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PFE Further Expands into the European Plastics Recycling Industry

The leading European organization to define recyclability in Europe and to develop the RecyClass recyclability testing standards, Plastics Recyclers Europe, has recognized Plastics Forming Enterprises (PFE), Amherst, N.H., as an accredited laboratory. PFE, which has a long-standing performance as an approved lab for PET in Europe, is now not only t...
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US Plastic Pact eyes major changes in packaging

Meeting the ambitious goals of the new U.S. Plastics Pact will require major changes in packaging design and recycling, according to the head of the organization. Emily Tipaldo, executive director for the pact, thinks it could, for example, require doubling the recycling rate for plastic bottles and asking hard questions about whether companies sho...
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Avery Dennison promotes sustainable initiatives

The company's latest goals and product portfolios are designed to advance the circular economy. Sustainability is not just a buzzword in the label and package printing industry. Not only are these environmental initiatives beneficial for the planet, but there are some significant cost benefits associated with using sustainable materials. As more br...
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Portman, Stabenow Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral RECYCLE Act to Improve Nation’s Recycling Programs

U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Representatives David Joyce (R-OH) and Dean Phillips (D-MN) introduced legislation, the RECYCLE Act, to create a new federal grant program through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help educate households and consumers about their residential and community recycling programs...
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EPR, a big change for US, gains interest in Congress

Extended producer responsibility — basically fees paid by manufacturers to help fund recycling — would be a big change in policy for the United States. But some members of Congress are taking a look at it and some companies are backing the move. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, the Connecticut Democrat who heads the powerful Appropriations Committee, called at a...
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