The Association of Plastic Recyclers

MPG Application for Direct Print for PET Packaging

This review is suitable for labels and decorations printed directly on a PET package.

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Upload your completed and signed Program Agreement.

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The designation will trace back to the PET resin and manufacturing process used to make the molded item that receives printing.

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Please name the laboratory that generated the test data you provided. If testing was conducted at a laboratory that is not an APR candidate contract lab (e.g., your company's proprietary or in-house testing), a supplemental report is necessary. This supplemental report must detail in writing and with photographs the testing practices, procedures, and equipment that were employed. The review committee will use this supplemental report to confirm testing was completed correctly as detailed in the required APR Practices and Test Methods. The Program Administrator can confirm whether a supplemental report is required should there be any question.

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If submitting multiple documents, please combine and submit as one file. The printed label should meet the criteria given in either PET-B-02 or PET-CG-02 when used to evaluate the impact of ink on PET recycling. This testing can be conducted at any laboratory and will include data demonstrating that the inks meet the criteria of PET-B-02 employing a “generic” printed label as described in APR Practice PET-P-02. Data for an “intended” printed label can be submitted for a specific application.

Note: The MPG program for direct print inks does not anticipate, or include, the use of metals decoration today.

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Provide the written quality control procedure that you will use to confirm that individual labels produced and marketed as Meeting Preferred Guidance will provide either the expected hot caustic resistance or wash-off performance required for the ink. There is no specific test that APR requires. A test or process control program proposed by the label supplier may be accepted. For example, your tests/QC program may:

  • Expose a sample of production printed label to a solution of 1% NaOH at 85°C on a hot plate. Employ guidance in APR’s PET-S-01 to evaluate results.
  • Conduct a solvent rub test to demonstrate that an ink has been adequately cured to provide hot caustic resistance.

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