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APR Launches Global Design Guidance Platform

The go-to reference to design recyclable packaging across the globe The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) today launched the APR Global Design Catalog, a comprehensive resource to access the most current plastic packaging recyclability guidelines for countries and regions around the world. Different countries and regions operate a variety of r...

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Plastics Container Labeling – Sustainability Choices

Discussions on plastics recycling continues to be front page news. And, as it relates to the recycling of consumer plastic bottles and containers, how to either remove the label or incorporate the label in the recycling process continues to be a topic of discussion. Harrison Chien, vice president, sales & marketing at Weber Packaging Solutions,...

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EPR remains top item in state recycling policy debate, but bottle bills and plastic bans also in play

After a "breakthrough" in 2021, legislators and supporters aim to pass more laws in 2022 they say will improve recycling systems and curb litter. Last year's state legislative season was packed with high-profile bills meant to tackle some of recycling's biggest pain points: low recycling rates, stretched funding for infrastructure and education, fl...

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Neopac’s Polyfoil MMB® Tube Recognized by USA’s Association of Plastic Recyclers

Hoffmann Neopac, a global provider of high-quality packaging for pharma, beauty and oral care, has been granted approval for its Polyfoil® MMB mono-material barrier tube by the US-based Association of Plastic Recyclers. Offering a groundbreaking combination of product protection, user friendliness and appealing aesthetics, the tubes passed muster b...

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US Plastics Pact's ‘problem' list just part of broader trend

The recent announcement from the U.S. Plastics Pact that its member companies will phase out "problematic" plastics like polystyrene and vinyl in packaging by 2025 may have seemed like a lightning bolt. The pact and its members, which collectively make or use one-third of the plastics packaging in the U.S. market, announced a voluntary plan Jan. 25...

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UPM Raflatac enhances films to meet customer demand

Not only have UPM Raflatac optimized its materials for performance on-shelf, the company has prioritized sustainability. Those endeavors have been recognized, too. UPM Raflatac recently received APR (Association of Plastic Recyclers) recognition for printed PP labels in the PET recycling process with UV flexo inks and varnish.Read the full article ...

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Narrow Web Profile: Brook + Whittle

 Brook + Whittle was founded in 1995 as a venture between partners in the commercial printing and prepress industry. The company that initially opened its doors in North Branford, CT, has blossomed into one of North America's most prominent label converters. As part of its vision for a more sustainable future, Brook + Whittle participates in i...

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Recycling operators cheer list of problematic plastics

The U.S. Plastics Pact says polystyrene and PVC packaging, opaque PET, problematic labels, and other materials should be phased out in coming years. A MRF operator called the anticipated elimination of PVC and PS packaging "two really big steps in the right direction." The U.S. Plastics Pact's list of "problematic and unnecessary materials," publis...

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Experts discuss trade-offs of recycled-content mandates

A recent webinar brought together experts to cover the benefits and complications of recycled-content mandates. Mark Murray of Californians Against Waste, Steve Alexander of the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) and David Allaway of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality presented during the webinar, which was hosted by the Northeast R...

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Reducing Food Waste: Dow’s Michelle Sauder On How They Are Helping To Eliminate Food Waste

It has been estimated that each year, more than 100 billion pounds of food is wasted in the United States. That equates to more than $160 billion worth of food thrown away each year. At the same time, in many parts of the United States, there is a crisis caused by people having limited access to healthy & affordable food options. The waste of f...

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In My Opinion: Recycled polyester supplies are a concern

As consumers' appetite for recycled polyester products grows, the industry is facing an unintended consequence: There may not be enough plastic available for recycling to meet the demand. An executive at recycled fiber producer SAYA explains why a lack of RPET supply poses a challenge for his industry, and he proposes steps to help address the supp...

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Revolution PCR receives OK for food-contact applications

Little Rock, Arkansas-based Revolution has received a letter of no objection (LNO) from the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the company's proprietary recycling method for linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE), allowing the postconsumer resin (PCR) to be used in food-contact applications. Revolution's PCR can be used at content levels u...

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APC Packaging Joins Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR)

PC Packaging, a women-owned and rapidly growing beauty packaging solutions provider with a focus on sustainability and innovation is pleased to announce our membership with the Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR). APR is an international trade association representing the plastics recycling industry. Members of APR are shaping the future of our...

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TSC, P&G, Burt’s Bees, Colgate-Palmolive and More Form Recycling Coalition

The Sustainability Consortium (TSC), alongside P&G, Burt's Bees, Colgate-Palmolive, GSK, Sustainable Packaging Coalition, The Recycling Partnership, Balcones Resources, University of Arkansas, and Arizona State University have formed a new coalition to accelerate progress on creating resources to recycle small format packaging and other materia...

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Experts discuss pros and cons of recycled-content mandates

Speakers at a NERC and NEWMOA webinar analyze the impact of recycled-content mandates and how they facilitate a circular economy. Since California became the first state in the U.S. to require minimum postconsumer resin (PCR) content in plastic bottles with Assembly Bill 793, signed into law in October 2020, much has been discussed about the benefi...

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Chemical recycling and supercritical steam among latest innovations driving the circular economy for plastics

There is more innovation in plastics recycling currently than for any other material. The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has formed a new working group focused on identifying the key steps needed for chemical recycling processes to play an effective role in global efforts to increase the recycling of plastics. Specifically, the APR Chemical...

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An introduction to zero waste cooking

 Food waste in the United States has wide-reaching negative ramifications—on climate, health, and food security. The meal kit industry is worth around $1.5 billion. To keep up with the changing tide of consumerism, meal kit companies are offering healthy, customizable, and delivered-to-your-doorstep options, putting them on course to grow anot...

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Our Top 9 Podcast Guests of 2021

Over the year, NothingWasted! talked with some of the top waste, recycling and sustainability experts. Listen to some wisdom from their top 9 of most popular episodes throughout the year. Top Podcast Guests include Steve Alexander, president of The Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR). Listen at Waste360.

Magnetic Ink Attracts Sustainable Solutions

Elegant solution applies specialty ink to shrink-sleeve labels for seamless separation by existing magnetics during packaging recycling sortation. Read the full article from Plastics Today.

APR recognizes plastic dispensers through Meets Preferred Guidance program

The Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR), Washington, has announced the first companies to receive Meets Preferred Guidance (MPG) recognition, a program it launched in August. The MPG program recognizes materials, components and complete packages made with polyethylene terephthalate (PET), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), polypropylene (PP) and...

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