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Recycling operators cheer list of problematic plastics

The U.S. Plastics Pact says polystyrene and PVC packaging, opaque PET, problematic labels, and other materials should be phased out in coming years. A MRF operator called the anticipated elimination of PVC and PS packaging "two really big steps in the right direction." The U.S. Plastics Pact's list of "problematic and unnecessary materials," publis...

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Experts discuss trade-offs of recycled-content mandates

A recent webinar brought together experts to cover the benefits and complications of recycled-content mandates. Mark Murray of Californians Against Waste, Steve Alexander of the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) and David Allaway of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality presented during the webinar, which was hosted by the Northeast R...

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Reducing Food Waste: Dow’s Michelle Sauder On How They Are Helping To Eliminate Food Waste

It has been estimated that each year, more than 100 billion pounds of food is wasted in the United States. That equates to more than $160 billion worth of food thrown away each year. At the same time, in many parts of the United States, there is a crisis caused by people having limited access to healthy & affordable food options. The waste of f...

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In My Opinion: Recycled polyester supplies are a concern

As consumers' appetite for recycled polyester products grows, the industry is facing an unintended consequence: There may not be enough plastic available for recycling to meet the demand. An executive at recycled fiber producer SAYA explains why a lack of RPET supply poses a challenge for his industry, and he proposes steps to help address the supp...

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Revolution PCR receives OK for food-contact applications

Little Rock, Arkansas-based Revolution has received a letter of no objection (LNO) from the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the company's proprietary recycling method for linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE), allowing the postconsumer resin (PCR) to be used in food-contact applications. Revolution's PCR can be used at content levels u...

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APC Packaging Joins Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR)

PC Packaging, a women-owned and rapidly growing beauty packaging solutions provider with a focus on sustainability and innovation is pleased to announce our membership with the Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR). APR is an international trade association representing the plastics recycling industry. Members of APR are shaping the future of our...

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TSC, P&G, Burt’s Bees, Colgate-Palmolive and More Form Recycling Coalition

The Sustainability Consortium (TSC), alongside P&G, Burt's Bees, Colgate-Palmolive, GSK, Sustainable Packaging Coalition, The Recycling Partnership, Balcones Resources, University of Arkansas, and Arizona State University have formed a new coalition to accelerate progress on creating resources to recycle small format packaging and other materia...

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Experts discuss pros and cons of recycled-content mandates

Speakers at a NERC and NEWMOA webinar analyze the impact of recycled-content mandates and how they facilitate a circular economy. Since California became the first state in the U.S. to require minimum postconsumer resin (PCR) content in plastic bottles with Assembly Bill 793, signed into law in October 2020, much has been discussed about the benefi...

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Chemical recycling and supercritical steam among latest innovations driving the circular economy for plastics

There is more innovation in plastics recycling currently than for any other material. The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has formed a new working group focused on identifying the key steps needed for chemical recycling processes to play an effective role in global efforts to increase the recycling of plastics. Specifically, the APR Chemical...

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An introduction to zero waste cooking

 Food waste in the United States has wide-reaching negative ramifications—on climate, health, and food security. The meal kit industry is worth around $1.5 billion. To keep up with the changing tide of consumerism, meal kit companies are offering healthy, customizable, and delivered-to-your-doorstep options, putting them on course to grow anot...

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Our Top 9 Podcast Guests of 2021

Over the year, NothingWasted! talked with some of the top waste, recycling and sustainability experts. Listen to some wisdom from their top 9 of most popular episodes throughout the year. Top Podcast Guests include Steve Alexander, president of The Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR). Listen at Waste360.

Magnetic Ink Attracts Sustainable Solutions

Elegant solution applies specialty ink to shrink-sleeve labels for seamless separation by existing magnetics during packaging recycling sortation. Read the full article from Plastics Today.

APR recognizes plastic dispensers through Meets Preferred Guidance program

The Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR), Washington, has announced the first companies to receive Meets Preferred Guidance (MPG) recognition, a program it launched in August. The MPG program recognizes materials, components and complete packages made with polyethylene terephthalate (PET), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), polypropylene (PP) and...

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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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