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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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Updated guidance for PE film from APR to help close the loop on packaging

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has updated and improved the APR Design Guide for Plastics Recyclability for PE Film Packaging. Developed over the past year by a working group of APR's Film Reclamation Committee, the updated guidance reflects the consensus of a diverse group of stakeholders including film recyclers, converters and brands...

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APR Press Release: APR Announces New Design Guidance for PE Film Packaging

Closing the loop between package designers and plastic recyclers The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) today announced an updated and improved version of the APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability for PE Film Packaging. Developed over the past year by a working group of APR's Film Reclamation Committee, the updated guidance reflects the ...

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SHAPE360® TDS: A Sustainable and Versatile Labeling Choice Designed for Today’s Commercial Sorting and Recycling Systems

Taghleef Industries announces the launch of SHAPE360® shrink films range, featuring a new and updated SHAPE360® TDS, the leading-edge solution for TD shrink sleeve labels. Sustainable, versatile, and highly appealing – SHAPE360® TDS is a high TD shrink clear label film that improves PET bottle recycling quality and efficiency by ensuring the separa...

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BOPP labels from UPM Raflatac recognized by APR

A top-coated PP with proprietary wash-off adhesive leads to a cleaner PET recycling stream that enables improved recycling of PET bottles and containers.  UPM Raflatac recently received the APR (Association of Plastic Recyclers) recognition with printed PP labels in the PET recycling process with UV Flexo inks and varnish. Read the full articl...

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Yupo Corporation recognized by The Association of Plastic Recyclers

Yupo Corporation has announced that The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has recognized Yupo's white polyolefin in-mold label (IML) substrates for HDPE bottles as meeting or exceeding APR's HDPE-CG-02, Critical Guidance Protocol for HDPE Natural Bottles with Labels and APR's HDPE-A-01, Bottle-to-Bottle Protocol's most strict requirements. Rea...

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New Statewide Education Campaign Aims to Increase Recycling of Plastic Milk Jugs

The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) today launched a public information campaign aimed at increasing awareness of the recyclability of milk jugs made of high density polyethylene (HDPE) or #2 plastic. The "Recycle the Jug" campaign is designed to drive sustainable behavior change across the state by addressing misconceptions to ensure plastic...

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SB 343 Addresses Recycling Symbols

Legislation tightens the requirements around the permissible use of the 'chasing arrows' recycling symbol. October 5, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Senate Bill 343 by Sen. Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica), related to recycling symbols. Read the full article from California Globe.

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