The Association of Plastic Recyclers


WASHINGTON (June 18, 2021) – North American recyclers continue to recycle the majority of the post-consumer plastic recovered for recycling. Recycling of plastics in North America has risen approximately 8% since 2017. However, the recycling industry faces ongoing challenges, according to a 2019 survey sponsored by the Association of Plastic Recycl...
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Conference programs released for AMI’s plastics industry expos in Cleveland, Ohio

The conference programs have been revealed for the four focused plastics industry expos taking place in Cleveland, Ohio on November 3-4, 2021. The Compounding World, Plastics Extrusion World, Plastics Recycling World and Polymer Testing World Expos will feature five free-to-attend conference theaters with more than 100 speakers across the two days....
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Plastics pact presents a road map to a circular future for packaging

The U.S. Plastics Pact, a network of nearly 100 brands, governments, environmental groups and plastics firms, released its road map for plastic packaging and called for policy changes like extended producer responsibility and deposit systems to collect more material for recycling. The 36-page road map sketches out the big changes it says are needed...
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Data Corner: Quantifying environmental impacts of virgin and recycled resin

In addition to reducing waste, recycling offers significant energy savings and avoidance of greenhouse gas emissions. When comparing mechanically recycled plastic to virgin plastic, recycled PET, HDPE and PP offer a dramatic reduction in carbon emissions and energy production. The graphs in the article are based on data presented in the 2018 Associ...
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As plastics group holds virtual DC fly-in, green issues remain tops

With environmental issues topping its agenda, the Plastics Industry Association returned June 7 for its first executive lobbying day in Washington since the pandemic started. Other plastics groups are also looking to step up their federal advocacy. Leaders of the Association of Plastic Recyclers detailed plans for a stronger role for their sector a...
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Lawmakers make moves on plastics recycling-related bills

Northeast states advanced extended producer responsibility and bottle deposit legislation, but California legislators failed to pass a ban on e-commerce plastic packaging.Get the details on plastics recycling-related legislation in three U.S. states. Read the full article from Plastics Recycling Update.

Aptar Receives APR Critical Guidance Recognition for SimpliCycle

Aptar Food + Beverage, a global leader in elastomeric flow solutions for more than 25 years, has received Critical Guidance Recognition from The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) for its SimpliCycle™ recyclable valve technology. APR Critical Guidance Recognition acknowledges technologies or packaging components that solve long-standing problem...
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APR weighs in on three hot topics

The Association of Plastic Recyclers has published position statements on chemical recycling, the use of mass balance methodologies for post-consumer plastics, and bottle deposit programs. The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) Board of Directors in May approved the three position statements, which cover topics that have taken center stage at i...
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APR wants chemical recycling limited to plastics-to-plastics

The Association of Plastic Recyclers wants to see the definition of chemical recycling limited to circular loops that make new plastic from discarded waste polymers, a position at odds with some other industry groups. APR President and CEO Steve Alexander said his group supports chemical recycling, but it should only be called recycling if it goes ...
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Trillions of pounds of trash: New technology tries to solve an old garbage problem

Consumer brands can help increase the success of the recycling supply chain, too, according to Steve Alexander, the president and CEO of the Association of Plastic Recyclers, by designing packaging that can be recycled.  Read the full article from CNBC.Read the full article from MSN.Read the full article from NBC.Read the full article from The...
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ProAmpac’s Philosophy: Think Big, Act Small

ProAmpac is a member of The Association of Plastic Recyclers, a trade association representing companies responsible for more than 90% of the post-consumer plastics processing capacity in North America. It belongs to CEFLEX, a consortium of more than 100 flexible-packaging companies and associations seeking circular-economy solutions in Europe. Pro...
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Unilever to sell all toothpastes in recyclable tubes by 2025

Unilever is to convert its global toothpaste portfolio entirely to recyclable tubes by 2025, it has announced. The sustainable tubes are set to roll out later this year, following four years' development. They use a material made mostly of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) – one of the world's most widely recyclable plastics. It would be "the thinne...
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GSK sets sights on producing one billion recyclable toothpaste tubes by 2025

Consumer healthcare goods giant GSK has set a goal of producing one billion fully-recyclable toothpaste tubes by 2025, today announcing plans to launch the innovative packaging across a number of its leading dental brands including Sensodyne and Aquafresh. Toothpaste tubes are notoriously difficult to recycle, as they are made from a variety of mat...
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Centered on sustainable solutions

Revolution, Little Rock, Arkansas, is expanding its reach as a provider of closed-loop, sustainable solutions. Sustainability has fueled the company's growth, and Revolution plans to continue to expand its PCR sales and its portfolio of sustainable solutions. Miller says because trust in Revolution's products is important, the company has joined th...
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6 Durable Household Items Made From Recycled Plastic

The longer we keep the plastic we have in use, the less of it we need to make from raw petroleum. Choosing long-lasting recycled plastic products can help reduce your environmental impact. Here are six long-lasting household items made from recycled plastic that can help keep existing plastic in use instead of the landfill. Read the full article fr...
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EPL’s giant stride towards product innovation, sustainability

Packaging major EPL has been constantly bringing innovative products to the market for the last four decades, with the help of strong innovation programmes. The company says it engages with its customers, co-creating ideas, consulting on product and process, and hand-holding right through the delivery of viable solutions. Product innovation is ever...
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Collaborating on solutions

Legislators at the state and federal levels are thinking about legislation that would affect plastics recyclers, such as recycled-content mandates, extended producer responsibility (EPR), advanced or chemical recycling regulations and single-use plastic bans. Some companies, such as Revolution of Little Rock, Arkansas, are focusing on ways they can...
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Toray Plastics (America), Inc., Joins the Association of Plastics Recyclers

Toray Plastics (America), Inc., is pleased to announce that it has joined the Association of Plastics Recyclers. The APR is an international trade association that represents the plastics recycling industry; its member companies are committed to the success of plastics recycling. In 2004 Toray Plastics (America) launched a multi-faceted sustainabil...
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Is there a fruitful path to recycling PET thermoforms?

PET thermoformed packages like clamshells for berries and deli sandwiches are all over grocery stores. But only 9 percent of them ever make their way to recycling bins. It's a problem vexing those trying to create a more circular supply chain for the popular packaging material. "My biggest obstacle since we started a couple years ago has been colle...
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The Recycling Partnership, SystemIQ develop tool to track packaging waste reduction goals

The Recycling Partnership, Falls Church, Virginia, and Systemiq, a B Corporation based in London focused on solving social and environmental problems, have launched Plastic IQ as a digital tool to help U.S. companies develop plastic packaging waste reduction strategies. Created with support from Walmart, Plastic IQ is a data-based planning tool tha...
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