The Association of Plastic Recyclers

APR Statement on California SB 343

The APR supports the intent of SB 343 to improve truth in labeling regarding environmental claims, including those pertaining to recyclability. However, as we have expressed to the authors of the legislation on many occasions, we continue to have strong concerns that language in the bill could interfere with the growth of emerging recycling markets, potentially reducing volumes of material collected, especially for developing markets such as film plastics and polypropylene.

California Legislature Sends Bill Limiting Recycling Claims to Governor's Desk

On September 9, 2021, the California legislature passed SB 343, Truth in Labeling for Recyclable Materials. The bill, if signed by Governor Newsom on or before October 10, 2021, will likely place significant restrictions on recyclability claims in the state, potentially as early as January 1, 2024. Read the full article from The National Law Review...
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California is back at the center of plastics recycling debate

A bill approved by California legislators has substantial implications for how common plastic packaging items are labeled, and it could have significant recycling implications across the nation in the coming years. In a statement to Plastics Recycling Update, APR President and CEO Steve Alexander said the group "supports the intent of SB 343 to imp...
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Henkel adhesive system recognized by the Association of Plastic Recyclers for recyclability

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has recognized Henkel's Loctite Liofol LA 4220 RE/Loctite Liofol LA 3180 RE for recyclability. This two-component adhesive system for PE film lamination is association's first 100% solids, solvent-free adhesive system for flexible packaging to receive this recognition.   APR's process required that th...
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PFE Undergoes Expansion and Moves Offices to Merrimack, New Hampshire

Plastics Forming Enterprises, a leader in testing, validation and design for recycling consultation for plastic packaging is announcing the relocation of operations to 6 Continental Boulevard, Merrimack, NH 03054. Having tripled the number of employees over the last three years, PFE was in need of a physical expansion of similar scale. At over 13,0...
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California legislature passes high-profile bill to regulate recyclability labels

Following a concurrence vote in the state Senate on Thursday, a major recyclability labeling bill (SB 343) has passed the California legislature. It now heads to Gov. Gavin Newsom for final approval and must be signed into law by Oct. 10.The bill, which would prohibit use of the "chasing arrows" symbol or any other recyclability claim on packaging ...
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California passes legislation designed to address mixed plastic exports

The California legislature has passed AB 881, legislation designed to ensure that only plastics that are actually recycled will count toward California's recycling goals. The bill awaits Gov. Newsom's signature. Kara Pochiro of the APR says, "This is something APR has been asking to have enacted, even prior to 'National Sword.' The counties ha...
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Thompson: Inhance challenges ‘status quo' by rethinking sustainability, products

After a record year of demand, the coronavirus pandemic forced Inhance Technologies to critically look at everything it "normally" did. Houston-based Inhance is a global provider of fluorination barrier and surface technologies for industries such as health care, consumer products and transportation. Read the full article from Plastics News.

Oriflame opts for Albéa Greenleaf 2 tube for oral care relaunch

Swedish beauty group Oriflame has chosen the Greenleaf 2 tube technology from Albéa for the global relaunch of its Optifresh toothpaste line. The Optifresh brand now features five ready-to-be-recycled high-density polyethylene (HDPE) tubes with screw caps that leverage the proprietary technology, which has an even thinner web and up to 20% less vir...
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EPL Limited Partners with Colgate-Palmolive (India) for Recyclable Toothpaste Tubes

EPL Limited (formerly known as Essel Propack Limited), the world's largest specialty packaging company, today announced that they have partnered with Colgate-Palmolive India, one of the largest oral care brands to produce Recyclable Platina Toothpaste Tubes in India. This first set of recyclable tubes is the starting point for converting to 100% re...
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How Husky Multi-Layer technology helps carbonated soft drink manufacturers drive sustainability

Testing with 12oz CSD bottles shows Husky's multi-layer preforms can increase shelf life by up to six weeks, while reducing PET weight by more than 20%, compared to a monolayer package. And the resulting rPET contains only trace amounts of nylon, which is formulated to limit color shift and meet the strict guidelines of the Association of Plastic R...
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Revolution acquires Five Points Films

Revolution, a Little Rock, Arkansas-based manufacturer focused on processing recycled resin, has acquired Five Points Films, which is a regional manufacturer of cast hand and machine stretch film for commercial customers.  With the Five Points acquisition, Revolution plans to expand its presence and apply its circular approach to the stretch f...
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Investing in rPET Infrastructure to Meet 2025 Goals

PET is the largest rigid packaging plastic by volume in the United States. It is also the most recycled plastic in the US. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides 2019 recycle rate of ~28% for PET that follows aluminum packaging (all formats) at 35% and glass packaging at 31%. The strong commitment to increased recycled PET (rPET) con...
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CSI’s Twist & Flip® Tethered Closure Design Helps Consumers “Keep the Cap On”

Closure Systems International Inc. (CSI) reveals a new tethered closure design that helps keep plastics in the economy and out of the environment. "As an active member of the U.S. Plastics Pact, Sustainable Packaging Coalition, and The Association of Plastic Recyclers, we are collaborating within our industry, our communities, and with our customer...
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'Elephant in the room' for US Plastics Pact: What is a ‘problematic' package?

Right now, the U.S. Plastics Pact is the most concrete thing happening in the business world to make plastics more circular. Launched last year, it has set some aggressive 2025 goals. Later this year, it will release a list of plastic packaging it considers "problematic or unnecessary" and that its member companies should stop using. That list is b...
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Aptar Food + Beverage Announces Launch of its SimpliCycle Valve Technology in Kraft Heinz Packaging

Aptar Food + Beverage announces its recyclable SimpliCycle™ valve will be launched within new Kraft Heinz Ketchup packaging. In addition to Heinz Ketchup, other Kraft Heinz brands including Heinz Mustard, Heinz Mashups, and Heinz BBQ Sauce, will convert to the SimpliCycle valve by the end of the year. Testing was coordinated and administered by bot...
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Brand commitments contributing to higher recycled HDPE prices

The recent run of strong pricing, especially for HDPE natural, has caught recyclers' attention. At least one expert believes market dynamics have decoupled recycled resin and virgin prices.The price escalation is tied to booming recycled HDPE demand, especially for HDPE natural, which "always is in great demand," said Steve Alexander, president and...
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$4.2M in Grants Awarded to Improve Polypropylene Curbside Recycling

The Recycling Partnership today announced a third round of grant funding through its Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, distributing an additional $1.8 million in catalytic grants to advance polypropylene recycling and reduce plastic waste in the U.S. Launched just one year ago, the Coalition has awarded grants that will improve curbside polypropyl...
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MPG programme gives mileage to recyclability claims

A trade group representing plastics recyclers is creating a new recognition program for packaging developers that meet guidelines for recyclability. Dubbed the "Meets Preferred Guidance Review Program," the new offering from the Association of Plastic Recyclers "encourages companies that manufacture packaging materials and components, as well as fi...
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Commentary: Addressing plastics in the circular economy

For manufacturers, the circular economy can reduce certain costs. For example, in 2020 the Washington-based Association of Plastic Recyclers released a study comparing energy profiles of the environmental burden of virgin resin versus recycled resin. From the study, comparing just the expended energies of recycled polyethylene terephthalate, high-d...
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