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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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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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