PET 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, the collection of plastic material continues to expand each year. This rapidly growing collection has resulted in the need for market definition of bottle bales, as well as non-bottle bales.

To facilitate communications between bale producers (MRFs) and purchasers (PRFs and plastic reclaimers) APR 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     

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Model Bale Specifications

PET Bottles

PET Bale Audit with Test Methods

PET Thermoforms

#1-7 Bottles and Small Rigid Plastics