The Association of Plastic Recyclers

March APR Member Meeting

Register Now Join us in Texas this Spring! This shortened Member Meeting takes place on the heels of the Plastic Recycling Conference (March 25-27). Separate registration is required to attend each program, while a single hotel reservation can accommodate the entire length of your stay. What Happens at an APR Member Meeting? General Sessions o...

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APR Press Release: APR Joins the Canada Plastics Pact

Working towards common goals to eliminate plastic waste The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has joined the Canada Plastics Pact (CPP), which aims to eliminate plastic waste and pollution by bringing together businesses, government, non-governmental organizations, and other key stakeholders in the Canadian plastics value chain. APR and CPP sh...

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Examining the EPR Legislation Wave and CA SB 54 with Bruce Magnani 

Host and APR's VP of Communications and Public Affairs, Kara Pochiro, is joined by Bruce Magnani, APR's Legislative Advocate in California, and VP of Houston Magnani Associates. Kara and Bruce start by breaking down the basics of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and California's SB 54 that focuses on packaging. The two discuss the EPR wave th...

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The Association of Plastic Recyclers Celebrates America Recycles Day

Today, November 15th, the Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR) is excited to mark the 26th annual America Recycles Day, the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. This day is especially important to APR as a U.S.- based, international non-profit and the only North American organizati...

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ISRI and APR Release Updated Recycled Plastic Specifications

Updates Reflect Current Market Trading Practices for PP and Mixed Rigid Plastics (November 14, 2023, Washington, D.C.) - The ISRI, "Voice of the Recycled Materials Industry™, and The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) have announced the latest update to the ISRI Specifications and APR Model Bale Specifications to include updated recycled p...

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Spotlight on Recycling in Policy: A Look Back at 2023 and Emerging Initiatives

Plastic pollution continued to be top of mind for policymakers across the US and around the world in 2023. This webinar will cover the latest in state, federal, and global policy initiatives, including the United Nations negotiations to end plastic pollution, US federal legislation and federal agency initiatives to improve recycling and reduce plas...

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APR Press Release: APR and RecyClass Work to Align Design for Recycling Guidance

"Because the recycling process is very similar in both geographies, packaging will likely be processed similarly," said Curt Cozart, APR COO. "Although some differences exist, APR Design® Guidance is nearly the same as RecyClass. The APR® Design Guide previously allowed for 5% EVOH in HDPE containers but will update to 6% to align with RecyClass De...

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October APR Member Meeting

Register Now What Happens at an APR Member Meeting? General Sessions occur at the beginning and end of the meetings. APR's President offers a "State of the APR" address and other presentations address topics of broad industry appeal. Committee Meetings mostly happen on the middle day. All attendees may participate in any committee meetings they cho...

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APR Goes to Washington

Steve Alexander Testifies on Plastic Recycling Issues Before U.S. Senate Subcommittee  On Thursday, September 28, 2023, APR President and CEO Steve Alexander was invited to testify at a hearing before the United States Senate Environment and Public Works Committee's Subcommittee Chemical Safety, Waste Management, Environmental Justice, and Reg...

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APR Press Release: APR Publishes Expanded Global Design Guidance

The go-to reference for global recyclability regulations The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) recently expanded and updated the APR Global Design Catalog, a comprehensive resource to access the most current plastic packaging recyclability guidelines for countries and regions around the world. Different countries and regions operate a variety ...

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A New Model for Plastics Circularity - The Full Recycling Process Under One Roof at Firststar Fiber

Host and APR's VP of Communications and Public Affairs, Kara Pochiro, is joined by Dale Gubbels, the 2023 Advocacy Champion Award recipient and CEO of Firstar Fiber. Dale and Kara break down Dale's early days of recycling and how Firstar Fiber has evolved into one of the largest materials recycling facilities (MRFs) in the Midwest. They decode Firs...

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Package Design for Recyclability – A Deep Dive into PET Plastics

On this week's episode, APR's VP of Communications and Public Affairs, Kara Pochiro, is joined by Curt Cozart, Chief Operating Officer of APR and lead of the APR Design® Guide Training Program and other technical projects. Kara and Curt continue the conversation on package design from the last episode, diving into the world of PET, a plastic often ...

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Advancing Global Momentum to Improve Plastic Recycling: Insights from APR Chief Policy Officer Kate Bailey's Participation in the Global Plastics Treaty Talks in Paris

This summer, APR's Chief Policy Officer Kate Bailey represented APR at the Second Session of the UN Environment Programme Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Plastic Pollution (INC-2) in Paris, France. The week-long event was the second of five planned sessions in the UN process to reach a final agreement in late 2024. APR participated as an...

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Designing with Detail: A Look at Package Design for Recyclability with Ruben Nance

On this episode of Recycled Content, host Kara Pochiro is joined by Ruben Nance, Program Director for the Meets Preferred Guidance (MPG) Recognition Program at APR. Ruben and Kara talk about what makes packages truly recycling compatible through an examination of APR's Design® Guide, the different Recognition Programs that APR offers, and the curre...

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Boosting Demand for Recycled Plastics – Diverse Applications for PCR and the Myth of “Downcycling”

View the recording View the slides Report: 2021 US Post-Consumer Plastic Recycling Data Report Report: Recommendations for Recycled Content Requirements for Plastic Goods and Packaging Video: How Post-Consumer Plastic Becomes Green Infrastructure Blog: How Wide-Spec Plastic Leads to Less Circularity and More Waste Resource: Buy Recycled Products Di...

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Recyclers see plastics treaty as ‘huge' chance for change

Paris — Recycling companies came to the plastics treaty talks looking for policy changes to bring investment and press their point that they see recycling working, despite its challenges. For the U.S.-based Association of Plastic Recyclers, that includes wanting the treaty to include robust extended producer responsibility rules to collect more pla...

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June APR Member Meeting

Register Now What Happens at an APR Member Meeting? General Sessions occur at the beginning and end of the meetings. APR's President offers a "State of the APR" address and other presentations address topics of broad industry appeal. Committee Meetings mostly happen on the middle day. All attendees may participate in any committee meetings they cho...

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Plastics Recycling Myth Busters

View the recording View the slides Recycling works. As the Voice of Plastics Recycling®, we see it happening every day.APR works to counteract the rising tide of misinformation and skepticism about plastics recycling through fostering rational, fact-based dialogue that communicates the value of recycling and recycled plastics. This webinar will deb...

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APR Represents Recyclers at the UN Environment Program

APR is pleased to be participating in the Second Session of the UN Environment Programme Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Plastic Pollution (INC-2) on May 29 - June 2, 2023 in Paris, France as an accredited organization. INC-2 is intended to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine ...

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States, EPA want tougher green marketing guides for plastics

State attorneys general and the Environmental Protection Agency are pressing the Federal Trade Commission to regulate plastics environmental claims more tightly, calling some uses of the resin code with chasing arrows "problematic" and requiring more proof of the green bona fides of chemical recycling.Plastics recycling companies are looking at upd...

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