The Association of Plastic Recyclers

APR Press Release: APR Announces First Recipients of Meets Preferred Guidance Recognition

Creating a circular economy for recycled plastics The Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR) today announced the first companies to receive Meets Preferred Guidance (MPG) Recognition. Launched in August of this year, the MPG program recognizes materials, components, and complete packages composed of PET, HDPE, PP, and PE film that are considered P...

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Amcor buys more PCR and develops sortable mini-bottle

One of the world's largest packaging producers boosted its purchases of post-consumer resin by about 30% last year. Switzerland-headquartered Amcor purchased 104,523 metric tons of post-consumer resin (PCR) during its 2021 fiscal year, up 86% from the 2019 fiscal year and 30% from the 2020 fiscal year, according to the company's recently released s...

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Recyclable toothpaste tubes

A BILLION toothpaste tubes. That's a lot of toothpaste tubes that would be recyclable by 2025, a commitment made by GSK Consumer Healthcare to lessen the plastic burden by 2025. The world's leading consumer healthcare business announced in mid-May that it is partnering with two global packaging suppliers to make fully recyclable tubes for its tooth...

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Kraft Heinz Ketchup Packaging Adopts New Dispensing Valve Tech

Iconic Heinz Ketchup recently received a valve closure makeover. An APR Recognized valve system, the recyclable SimpliCycle from Aptar Food and Beverage, will be found in several Kraft Heinz brands by the end of the year. Read the full article from Packaging World. 

Thermoform recycling realities

PET thermoform packaging has exploded in the marketplace over the past decade, increasingly used for food, as well as electronics, cosmetics and more. However, as the two stories below make clear, recovery of this material has remained a struggle. As legislators, consumers and others continue to amplify concerns about plastic's sustainability, pres...

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Reigning Demand Champions are growing the domestic circular economy.

The APR Recycling Demand Champions Program plays a prominent role to strengthen domestic demand for residential mixed plastics, mitigate reliance on export markets, and enable the growth of the circular economy. APR is thrilled to welcome 28 companies back for program year 2021. By recommitting to the APR Recycling Demand Champions progra...

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Fate of billions of plastic bottles potentially altered through ground-breaking Amcor technology

In conjunction with America Recycles Day, Amcor Rigid Packaging (ARP) is announcing a technological advancement that makes it possible for billions1 of small bottles to be recycled. ARP, known for its designed-to-be-recycled packaging, is always looking for ways to increase the amount of material that makes it to – and through – the recycling proce...

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How label materials impact container recyclability

Sustainable packaging solutions may be the buzz in the industry, but the fact that environmentally-conscious consumers have started making it a condition of purchase means this is a shift that's here to stay. The pandemic has hastened this trend as consumers have focused more on what's truly important to them, and environmental issues fall at or ne...

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Aluminum can producers to lobby for deposit legislation

Beverage can manufacturers will direct money into pushing state lawmakers to pass new container deposit laws, as part of an industry effort to boost UBC recycling rates. CMI today announced a new industry goal for used beverage can (UBC) recycling in the U.S., as well as broad strategies to achieve the goal. CMI's members set a joint goal of a 70% ...

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APR launches chemical recycling research working group

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), Washington, has formed the APR Chemical Recycling Research Working Group with the goal of identifying the steps needed to enable chemical recycling to complement traditional recycling technologies. The group will also find ways to successfully integrate chemical recycling into the overall recycling infras...

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Legislating transparency

Extended producer responsibility (EPR) is not a new concept in the United States. Twenty-four states have EPR legislation for end-of-life electronics, for instance. While some provinces in Canada and the European Union have EPR for paper and plastic packaging, such legislation has failed to gain ground in the U.S. until recently. This summer, Maine...

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Connecting regulation and recycling rates

Increasingly both federal and state lawmakers in the United States have introduced and passed legislation with a goal to reduce pollution, raise recycling rates and increase the use of recycled content in products and packaging.The bipartisan Recycling Enhancements to Collection and Yield through Consumer Learning and Education (RECYCLE) Act, intro...

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APR Press Release: APR Launches Chemical Recycling Research Working Group

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) announced today the formation of a new working group focused on identifying the key steps needed for chemical recycling processes to play an effective role in the recycling of plastic products. The APR Chemical Recycling Research Working Group, announced to APR members last week at the APR annual meeting, ...

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UL Recycled Content Validation and Recycled Content

The popularity of green product marketing has caused a rise in the use of environmental claims, sometimes making it difficult to differentiate between products that are genuinely environmentally preferable and those that aren't. This is increasingly true today of recycled content claims in a market where the demand for high-performing recycled cont...

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APR: Industry input crucial to implementing state bills

Three West Coast states have signed sweeping recycling bills. Now the real work begins to hash out the details on how the policies will affect the plastics recycling industry. That was a message from speakers at the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) October virtual meeting. The speakers were presenting on upcoming laws in California, Oregon an...

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Lobbyists report on federal recycling proposals

A proposed virgin plastics tax of 20 cents per pound has been axed from the Democrats' social infrastructure bill, according to an industry lobbying firm. Bracewell Policy Resolution Group, the firm that the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) contracts to lobby in Washington, D.C., last week gave an update on legislation moving through Congress...

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Plastics recycling group growing, sees more work ahead

As the long-time head of the Association of Plastic Recyclers, Steve Alexander has been fond of referring to his trade group as the "little engine that does" over the years. Well, not any more. The scope of work that APR handles has never been greater, the locomotive needs to be bigger and the organization's CEO expects the demands will only contin...

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FLEXcon explains how label materials impact container recyclability

Sustainable packaging solutions may be the buzz in the industry, but the fact that environmentally-conscious consumers have started making it a condition of purchase means this is a shift that's here to stay. The pandemic has hastened this trend as consumers have focused more on what's truly important to them, and environmental issues fall at or ne...

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Informing the Public and Educating Students on Plastic Recycling

By educating the public and industry on plastic recycling, current recycling programs can be used more efficiently, and new programs can be created. Education material on plastic recycling is available through professional and industry associations, foundations with an environmental focus, university courses, and short courses offered with private ...

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Dow receives Critical Guidance Recognition from Association of Plastic Recyclers for three products meeting recyclability protocols

APR's Design® Recognition Program credits ROBOND™ Adhesives, OPULUX™ Optical Finishes and SURLYN™ Ionomers for meeting strict protocols for PE film and flexible packaging innovations.  Dow announces it has earned multiple Critical Guidance Recognitions for recyclability from the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), in three product categori...

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