The Association of Plastic Recyclers
  • APR Design® Guide
    APR Design® Guide


Is my plastic product recycling compatible?

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APR Design Guide Preferred
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Detrimental to Recycling
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Renders Package Non-Recyclable
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Requires Testing

The APR Design Guide is itemized by design features commonly used with packaging applications. The recycling impact of each design feature is broken down and categorized. Learn more about these categories here. The content is regularly updated to ensure APR’s Recyclability Categories accurately reflect the operations and technology in use by today’s North American plastics recycling infrastructure.  

The Flow Diagram illustrates the steps needed to determine the APR Recyclability Category for a package item. The appropriate recyclability category is the first step in determining if a package item is recyclable per the APR Definition. While APR Test Results can show that an item is technically recyclable, i.e. compatible with a recycling stream in terms of physical and chemical properties of the reprocessed item as feedstock, the need for a collection system and a market must also be satisfied.  Learn more about how an item is deemed “recyclable per APR definition” here

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