The Association of Plastic Recyclers

Recyclers see plastics treaty as ‘huge' chance for change

Paris — Recycling companies came to the plastics treaty talks looking for policy changes to bring investment and press their point that they see recycling working, despite its challenges. For the U.S.-based Association of Plastic Recyclers, that includes wanting the treaty to include robust extended producer responsibility rules to collect more pla...

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June APR Member Meeting

Register Now What Happens at an APR Member Meeting? General Sessions occur at the beginning and end of the meetings. APR's President offers a "State of the APR" address and other presentations address topics of broad industry appeal. Committee Meetings mostly happen on the middle day. All attendees may participate in any committee meetings they cho...

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Plastics Recycling Myth Busters

View the recording View the slides Recycling works. As the Voice of Plastics Recycling®, we see it happening every day.APR works to counteract the rising tide of misinformation and skepticism about plastics recycling through fostering rational, fact-based dialogue that communicates the value of recycling and recycled plastics. This webinar will deb...

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APR Represents Recyclers at the UN Environment Program

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APR is pleased to be participating in the Second Session of the UN Environment Programme Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Plastic Pollution (INC-2) on May 29 - June 2, 2023 in Paris, France as an accredited organization. INC-2 is intended to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine ...

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States, EPA want tougher green marketing guides for plastics

State attorneys general and the Environmental Protection Agency are pressing the Federal Trade Commission to regulate plastics environmental claims more tightly, calling some uses of the resin code with chasing arrows "problematic" and requiring more proof of the green bona fides of chemical recycling.Plastics recycling companies are looking at upd...

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Continued Expansion of APR’s MPG Recognition Program - Creating Packaging That is Circular by Design™

View the recording  View the slides The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) recently announced new packaging components eligible for the Meets Preferred Guidance (MPG) Program, which recognizes products that are considered Preferred according to the APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability. MPG provides credible recognition fr...

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Hundreds comment on Green Guides updates

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requested comments on its revisions to the Green Guides and got 850 responses, with many calling for a crackdown on deceptive claims and better definitions of key terms. FTC is looking to update those guides and asked for public and stakeholder comments by April 24. Several large organizations submitted comments, ...

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Common Misconceptions that Obstruct Plastics Recycling Efforts

Fighting misinformation with accurate data "Lots of reports come out that aren't always grounded in the best data," Emily Friedman, Recycled Plastics Senior Editor at ICIS added. "We have the correct, verified, accurate data to refute these reports. The best way to combat misinformation is with true data. I've seen great work from organizations lik...

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APR Press Release: APR Announces Plastics Recycling Educational Webinars

Communicating the Facts About Plastics Recycling The Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR) today announced a series of educational webinars to empower action across the plastics value chain that will contribute to the success of plastics recycling. As The Voice of Plastics Recycling®, APR works to counteract the rising tide of misinformation and ...

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Plastic recycling volumes increase in 2021

Plastic recycling volumes in the U.S. increased by 280.3 million pounds in 2021 compared with the previous year, with recyclers acquiring more than 5 billion pounds of postconsumer plastic for recycling, according to the "2021 U.S. Post-consumer Plastic Recycling Data Report." The report, prepared by Stina Inc., Sonoma, California, based on surveys...

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APR Press Release: North American Plastic Recycling Volumes Recover From Pre-Pandemic Levels

New Report Shows More Than Five Billion Pounds of Post-Consumer Plastic Acquired for Recycling in 2021 Recyclers acquired more than five billion pounds of post-consumer plastic recovered for recycling in the United States (U.S.) in 2021, an increase of 280.3 million pounds compared to 2020 volumes, according to a new report released today...

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APR Press Release: APR Continues Expansion of Meets Preferred Guidance Program

Labels, inks, closures, base resins for PET and HDPE packaging now eligible for recognition The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) recently announced new packaging components eligible for the Meets Preferred Guidance (MPG) Program, which recognizes products that are considered Preferred according to the APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclabil...

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People. Planet. Profit: Businesses support HB6664 as a triple win

Long story short: Connecticut has tons of material to recycle, but insufficient infrastructure to recycle it, and not enough incentives for companies to use recycled or recyclable packaging materials. That's why the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), an international trade association exclusively dedicated to improving plastic r...

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Plastics Pact leader says design changes needed to improve flexible packaging recyclability

The Pact has offered guidance, which was published internally for our members and are going to be publishing externally later this summer. For recyclability, we adhere to the Association of Plastic Recyclers' design guidelines and have built on that a bit to add some additional guidance for flexibles, because there's such variability in the U.S. ma...

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Improving Recycling in a Comprehensive Way: The Positives Behind PCR, Recycled Content Requirements, and EPR

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This week on the pod, APR's VP of Communications and Public Affairs Kara Pochiro is joined by not one but two Kates- APR's Chief Policy Officer Kate Bailey and APR's Program Director Kate Eagles. Kara sits down with both Kates to discuss their recent APR blog post highlighting the importance of post-consumer resin (PCR) as an integral part in reduc...

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Leaders from Across Sectors Gather to Close the Loop on Plastic Pollution in the U.S.

Leaders from the private sector, NGOs including the APR's Chief Policy Officer, Kate Bailey, and local, state, and federal governments gathered in Washington, DC to outline a plan of action for tackling plastic pollution in the United States."The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) is pleased to participate in this meeting and stand among nation...

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Plastics recycling must do better by consumers to succeed, professor says

Steve Alexander is the CEO of the Association of Plastic Recyclers, which organizes the annual conference through its Resource Recycling subsidiary. "I think we have a tendency to make plastics recycling more complicated than it needs to be," Alexander said. The plastics industry loves to point to lower greenhouse gas emissions when compared with o...

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APR Press Release: Plastic Recyclers Elect New Board of Directors for 2023

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Strong Leadership to Support and Grow 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 2023. Roxanne Spiekerman of PreZero US has been re-elected Chair for the upcoming year, with Tom Frantz of Technimark servi...

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US sees recycling as key part of global plastics deal

During the Plastics Recycling Conference, which Resource Recycling hosted in partnership with its parent company, the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), in National Harbor, Maryland, in early March, Monica Medina, assistant secretary for oceans and international environmental and scientific affairs for the U.S. Department of State, shared her ...

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Achieving Sustainability: Q&A with Sun Chemical’s Dr. Nikola Juhasz

How does Sun Chemical support customers' efforts to improve recyclability? We are active participants in several global cross-industry organizations, such as the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) and Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC), which are focused on the future of packaging from a sustainable and recyclable design perspective. Members...

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