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First Day of Northeast Recycling Council’s Spring Conference Covers EPR, Policy Making, Overview of Recycling Markets, and More

The Northeast Recycling Council kicked off their Spring Virtual Conference yesterday with a keynote panel on "Understanding and Choosing the Right EPR Model: The Canadian Experience" moderated by Josh Kelly, Materials Management Section Chief at the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. Next, the discussion turned to "Setting Post-consumer Recycled ...
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PFE Further Expands into the European Plastics Recycling Industry

The leading European organization to define recyclability in Europe and to develop the RecyClass recyclability testing standards, Plastics Recyclers Europe, has recognized Plastics Forming Enterprises (PFE), Amherst, N.H., as an accredited laboratory. PFE, which has a long-standing performance as an approved lab for PET in Europe, is now not only t...
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US Plastic Pact eyes major changes in packaging

Meeting the ambitious goals of the new U.S. Plastics Pact will require major changes in packaging design and recycling, according to the head of the organization. Emily Tipaldo, executive director for the pact, thinks it could, for example, require doubling the recycling rate for plastic bottles and asking hard questions about whether companies sho...
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Avery Dennison promotes sustainable initiatives

The company's latest goals and product portfolios are designed to advance the circular economy. Sustainability is not just a buzzword in the label and package printing industry. Not only are these environmental initiatives beneficial for the planet, but there are some significant cost benefits associated with using sustainable materials. As more br...
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Portman, Stabenow Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral RECYCLE Act to Improve Nation’s Recycling Programs

U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Representatives David Joyce (R-OH) and Dean Phillips (D-MN) introduced legislation, the RECYCLE Act, to create a new federal grant program through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help educate households and consumers about their residential and community recycling programs...
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EPR, a big change for US, gains interest in Congress

Extended producer responsibility — basically fees paid by manufacturers to help fund recycling — would be a big change in policy for the United States. But some members of Congress are taking a look at it and some companies are backing the move. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, the Connecticut Democrat who heads the powerful Appropriations Committee, called at a...
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‘Our journey is high to higher’

EPL is the largest specialised tube manufacturing company. We do about 8 billion tubes around the world in 20 plants located in 10 countries. It is the largest manufacturer of laminated tubes in the world. We are the first company to get 100% recyclable full tube (the laminate, the cap and the shoulder) from the Association of Plastic Recyclers in ...
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APR Press Release: APR Announces 2021 Plastics Recycling Educational Webinar Series

Empowering action and communicating the value of recycled plastics. The Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR) today announced the 2021 Plastics Recycling Educational Webinar Series to empower action across the plastics value chain that will contribute to the success of plastics recycling. As The Voice of Plastics Recycling® APR developed this yea...
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Exclusive Interview: Palmolive Ultra Moves to 100% rPET Bottle

Speaking with Packaging World in advance of the launch, Greg Corra, Global Packaging Innovations & Sustainability, Colgate-Palmolive, discusses the development of the new 100% recycled-content, recyclable bottle.Read the full article from Packaging World.

Wash-Off Label Technology Meets the Challenge

With increased pressure to meet numerous sustainability mandates by companies and governments, wash-off label technology offers a way to optimize bottle recycling, deliver more rPET material for the supply chain and produce a clean-label look. Read the full article from Flexible Packaging.

Why you’re supposed to leave the cap on when recycling

The rules surrounding recycling are confusing, and seem like they're constantly changing. In a 2014 online poll by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries and Earth911, 65% of respondents said they didn't understand which plastics are acceptable in curbside collection. Confusion leads to contaminated recycling, rendering it useless. However, th...
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Is the label industry ready for a carbon neutral world?

When the pandemic passes, focus on sustainability will only increase 2020 was a defining year for the world, with the Covid pandemic having a major impact on governments, populations, manufacturing and retail. While much of the label industry has fared better than some manufacturing sectors, it has nevertheless brought about a fair amount of upheav...
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Envisioning a Circular Economy: The Journey of One Mid-Sized Midwestern City

The City of Ann Arbor has committed to a just and equitable transition to community-wide carbon neutrality by 2030. Our guiding plan, A2ZERO, outlines seven strategies and 44 actions that were chosen by the community to achieve this goal. One of the seven strategies is "Changing the Way We Use, Reuse, and Dispose of Materials", including the action...
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Garbage bags, minimum recycled content mandates could help drive demand for recycled plastic film

In the search for better end markets for recycled plastic film, trash bags could be an ideal candidate — but only if recycled content laws and public demand also play a role, some experts say. The humble garbage bag may be an ideal candidate to spur more sustainable plastic film recycling end markets, experts said at a plastic recycling webinar hos...
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Plastic Film Recycling & End-Markets

Hosted by the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC), featuring APR's Sandi Childs Join us for this free webinar featuring a panel conversation about the status of residential plastic film recycling and end-markets. The conversation will be moderated by Chaz Miller, NERC Board of Directors. Speakers will be: Tonya Randell, Stina (formerly More Recyclin...
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The Case for Meal Kits: Environment’s Friend or Foe?

Some of the first complaints about meal kits were around the packaging. There has been research carried out to analyze the packaging of meal kits. Many meal kits include a cardboard box for storage but also packaging to preserve all the ingredients, individual packing for different ingredients, linen materials, ice packs, recipe cards and more. The...
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Let’s Talk Plastics with APR (Transcript)

In every podcast episode, Waste360 invites the most interesting people in waste recycling and organics to sit down with us and chat candidly about their thoughts, their work, this unique industry and so much more. This is Liz Bothwell from Waste360 with Steve Alexander, President of the Association of Plastic Recyclers. Hi, Steve, and thanks for be...
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Let’s Talk Plastics with APR

In this week's NothingWasted! podcast, we chat with Steve Alexander, president of The Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR). APR is an international trade association representing the plastics recycling industry, whose member companies are committed to the success of plastics recycling. The organization also promotes development of the industry b...
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Toro Recognized Among Top Companies Increasing The Use of Post-Consumer Resin (PCR) in Operational Practices

With a continued commitment to sustainability, Toro is pleased to announce that it was recognized as a Recycling Demand Champion by The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR). The APR program, which is designed to expand market demand for recycled plastics, has generated more than 175 million pounds of new demand for post-consumer resin (PCR) in it...
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Polypropylene Recycling Coalition awards nearly $2 million in grants

In its initial round of funding, The Recycling Partnership's Polypropylene Recycling Coalition is providing four grants to Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs) across the United States that will improve and increase sortation of polypropylene and support targeted consumer education efforts. Polypropylene, sometimes referred to as No. 5 plastic, is ...
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