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Plastic Pollution – A Quick Look at Leading Organizations

APR was named as one of the leading organizations taking action on plastic pollution. Read the full article from Security and Sustainability Guide.  

Industry Statement: Response to California Commission Omission of Polypropylene from CA Statewide Recyclable List Recommendation to CalRecycle

The following is a joint statement attributable to Steve Alexander, President, and CEO, The Association of Plastic Recyclers; Ron Gonen, CEO, Closed Loop Partners; and Keefe Harrison, CEO, The Recycling Partnership: (July 1, 2021) — "The recent recommendations made by the California Statewide Commission on Curbside Recycling and Market Development ...
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Celebrating sustainability successes in dairy processing

Dairy processors share some recent sustainability projects — and their impressive results.  Food and beverage manufacturers have made great strides during the past couple of decades when it comes to sustainability, and dairy processors are no exception. In fact, many — if not most — dairy processors have set ambitious sustainability goals and ...
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Amcor Flexibles North America installs blown film line at Wisconsin plant

Amcor Flexibles North America (AFNA) has invested in a blown-film production line at its converter film plant in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The seven-layer blown film line will manufacture Amcor's AmPrima PE Plus ultra-clear and heat-resistant films. Last August, Amcor's AmPrima PE Plus solution was formally recognised by the Association of Plastics Recyc...
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Eastman unveils Cristal One recyclable resins for thick-walled, luxury cosmetics packaging

US chemical company Eastman is unveiling Cristal One, a portfolio of Resin Identification Code 1 (RIC1) resins engineered to meet the demands of thick-walled packaging for luxury cosmetics, which can be easily recycled. Read the full article from Packaging Insights.

Amid rising interest in packaging policy, bottle bill changes still struggle to break through

Recycling industry experts, the beverage industry, waste haulers, and redemption center operators have long navigated high tensions and competing interests to address the issues plaguing these state systems meant to do just that – "get every bottle back." Creating and maintaining a well-run container deposit system is a complicated endeavor. Althou...
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Report: Flat recycling rates point to need for investment

A new report from industry groups said the overall plastic bottle recycling rate in the United States dropped slightly to 28.4 percent in 2019, highlighting the need for additional investment in the sector. A June 18 report from the Association of Plastic Recyclers and the American Chemistry Council said that in the aggregate the amount of plastic ...
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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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