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APR Press Release: ISRI and APR Release Updated Recycled Plastics Specifications

Updates Reflect Current Market Acceptance and Evolving Recyclable Materials (Washington, DC) – The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) and The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) today announced the latest update to the ISRI Scrap Specifications Circular and APR Model Bale Specifications to include updated recycled plastics specificat...

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ISRI and APR Release Updated Recycled Plastics Specifications

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) and The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) today announced the latest update to the ISRI Scrap Specifications Circular and APR Model Bale Specifications to include updated recycled plastics specifications. Following a collaborative process between the two organizations and their members, the sp...

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Green Seal Introduces Sustainable Packaging Advisory Group

Green Seal is introducing a Sustainable Packaging Advisory Group to reward producers that reduce packaging waste, increase the use of recycled content in packaging, and verify the recyclability of packaging materials. To date, leading industry associations – including the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) – retailers, and manufacture...

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Driving global harmonisation for recyclability

RecyClass and the Association of Plastics Recyclers, the international association representing the plastics recycling industry, reinforce their collaboration to drive worldwide harmonisation of plastic packaging recyclability. The basis of this collaboration is a shared vision of science-based design for recycling guidelines and protocols for recy...

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APR certification: What you need to know

APR certification has grown increasingly popular in today's label and package printing market. But what is the APR, and how can it benefit label companies? The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) is an international trade association representing the plastics recycling industry. APR member companies are committed to the success of plastics recyc...

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Nebraska Recycling Council announces dates for recycling conference

The Nebraska Recycling Council (NRC), Lincoln, Nebraska, is hosting its annual fall conference and award luncheon in-person on Thursday, Sept. 15th at the Graduate in Lincoln, Nebraska. The keynote speakers are Bob Gedert, president of the National Recycling Coalition and Steve Alexander, president of Resource Recycling and the Association of Plast...

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Plastics Packaging Recyclers Attribute Low Recycling Rates to Lacking Collections

About 81% of the most widely used consumer-facing packaging is made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), and/or polypropylene (PP), which collectively have a 21% recycling rate in the U.S. But recyclers have capacity to process up to 42% of these three resins with their existing infrastructure, according to the Ass...

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Americans Are Better at Recycling Than We’re Led to Believe

A new report based on extensive analysis of the $236-billion US recycling industry illustrates that, contrary to some oft-cited data, plastics recycling is vibrant and poised for growth. The report by the Association of Plastic Recyclers shines more detailed light on what it calls "discouraging — and usually misleading — data points" such as the En...

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‘Resilient’ US plastics recyclers have great expectations

The US recycling industry is currently worth US $236 billion with the plastics sector gaining momentum. New data from the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) reveals the market employs more than 200 000 people, second only to the ferrous scrap industry, which employs 250 000.'Plastics recycling represents an industry that processed almost 2.3 mi...

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Domestic destinations for recycled paper and plastic are growing. Is National Sword the reason?

A wave of investments occurred in the U.S. over the last five years, but experts debate how much is due to China's import restrictions versus economic, environmental and geopolitical factors. Read the full article from Waste Dive.

Q&A: The response to ‘recycling does not work’

Plastic recycling is facing criticism for its low recovery rate, with a recent article in The Atlantic magazine claiming the process "does not work." Argus spoke with Steve Alexander, chief executive of industry group the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), about the criticisms and supply issues that have dogged plastics recyclers in 2022. Read...

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APR: US recyclers have capacity to grow, but not enough feedstock

Plastics recyclers are willing to do their part to increase recycling rates in the United States, but they are currently constrained by supply available to their facilities, according to a trade group representing them. And, by the way, those recycling rates are not as bad a people are being led to believe, according to the Association of Plastic R...

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Is Single-Stream Recycling Worth It?

Single-stream recycling makes it simple for consumers to recycle. You no longer have to sort paper, plastic, cardboard and glass into separate containers to take to the curb. In theory, this should increase recycling and diversion rates. However, the convenience may come at a cost. Confusion about what can and can't be recycled along with contamina...

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APR Press Release: New Association of Plastic Recyclers State-of-the-Industry Report Shows Strength of US Plastic Recycling

Report Outlines Policy Priorities to Further Support and Grow Recycling Washington, DC – The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), The Voice of Plastic Recycling®, issued a report today that provides a data-driven update on the progress of plastic recycling in the United States showing that it is a viable, accessible and scalable solution for red...

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How2Recycle returns PP to ‘widely recycled’ level

Two years after downgrading rigid polypropylene containers to "check locally," a label system has returned the material to its previous status, determining at least 60% of the country has access to PP collection. How2Recycle, which is part of the GreenBlue organization, issues packaging labels that are used by brands. The label framework is designe...

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EFS-plastics receives film packaging capture grant

The Recycling Partnership's Film and Flexibles Recycling Coalition has awarded its first film packaging capture grant to EFS-plastics, an Ontario-based company that specializes in plastic film recycling. According to a news release from The Recycling Partnership, Falls Church, Virginia, the $200,000 grant will pay for new shredding equipment for EF...

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California’s Landmark Plastics Law Invites More Innovation from Industry

California's new Plastic Pollution Prevention and Packaging Producer Responsibility Act (Senate Bill 54) represents an alliteration of good news for environmentalism in the U.S. According to the Associated Press, the act takes the "toughest" measures against the proliferation of single-use plastics seen in the U.S. The organizations that have been ...

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PET Recycling Label Innovation: Floatable Pressure-Sensitive Label from CCL endorsed by EPBP and APR

CCL Label, the world's largest converter of pressure sensitive and extruded film materials for decorative, functional & information labels, has unveiled a new generation of their EcoStream® labels that support the recycling of PET bottles at a very high quality level. They are made from floating low-density polyolefin material that separat...

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TLMI Co-Hosts Label Design & Sustainability Webinar

TLMI announces the resounding success of a recent webinar the association co-hosted with the Association of Plastic Recyclers and the U.S. Plastics Pact. The webinar, Label Design to Meet 2025 Sustainability Goals, was attended by nearly 300 converters, suppliers and brands across the industry. As brands and printed packaging buyers increasingly pr...

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Ensuring sustainability: Questions to ask your packaging supplier

Sustainability is a complicated subject matter, however, especially when it comes to packaging. Materials that appear to be compostable, for example, might actually be compostable only in certain facilities, and the same goes for recyclables. It's important to discuss these matters with your packaging supplier to ensure that, first, you are minimiz...

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