PE & PP Resin Specifications

The APR strives to expand the recycling of plastic material through the development of resources to support state and local solid waste management and recycling officials to enhance their collection programs, increase the amount of material collected by those programs, and add value to the bottom line. According to an APR Survey on Residential Plastic Collection Programs, almost twice as many of each state’s largest cities now accept non-bottle containers than did five years ago. This rapidly growing collection has resulted in the need for market definition of bottle bales, non-bottle bales, and film.

To facilitate communications between bale producers (MRFs) and purchasers (PRFs and plastic reclaimers) APR, in collaboration with ISRI, has developed model bale specifications.

APR’s Model Bale Specifications have seven standard components:

  • Bale Content Overview
  • Acceptable Levels of Contaminants
  • Contaminants not Acceptable at any Level
  • Warnings
  • Bale Size/Minimum Shipping Weight
  • Bale Wire
  • Storage

The Sort for Value Online Calculator, developed by APR and Moore Recycling Associates, is an analysis tool to determine the value of various plastic sorting options and help understand the benefits of increased sortation. The results are impacted by the price for various commodities at any given time and the percent breakdown of the rigid plastic (bottles, non-bottle containers and bulky rigid plastic) processed at the MRF.  

Helpful Links

    Sorting for Value

      Sort for Value Online Calculator

    Market Information

      Click here for APR Buyers and Sellers Information     

Rigid Plastic Model Bale Specifications

HDPE Natural Bottles

HDPE Natural Bottles Bale Audit with Test Methods

HDPE Colored Bottles

HDPE Color Bottles Bale Audit with Test Methods

PP Small Rigid Plastics, PP All Rigid Plastics

Tubs and Lids, Tubs and Lids with Bulky Rigid Plastics

HDPE Injection Bulky Rigid Plastics

Mixed Bulky Rigid Plastics

1-7 ALL Rigid Plastics, 1-7 Bottles and SMALL Rigid Plastics (formerly known as All Rigid Plastics)

3-7 Bottles and ALL Other Rigid Plastics, 3-7 Bottles and SMALL Rigid Plastics (formerly known as Pre-picked) 

Film Model Bale Specifications

MRF Curbside Film

PE Ag Film Including Mulch

PE Ag Film Not Including Mulch

PE Clear Film 

PE Retail Bags and Film

LDPE Colored Film 

LDPE Furniture Mix Film


Click here to check out Plastic Film Recycling FAQs 

Click here to visit The Wrap Recycling Action Program (WRAP) websiteThe Wrap Recycling Action Program (WRAP) website,  a public awareness campaign designed to empower motivated stakeholders to contribute to a common goal: to make plastic film packaging a commonly recycled material with a strong and ever-­growing recycling rate.