The Association of Plastic Recyclers

Revolution PCR receives OK for food-contact applications

Little Rock, Arkansas-based Revolution has received a letter of no objection (LNO) from the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the company's proprietary recycling method for linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE), allowing the postconsumer resin (PCR) to be used in food-contact applications. Revolution's PCR can be used at content levels u...
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APC Packaging Joins Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR)

PC Packaging, a women-owned and rapidly growing beauty packaging solutions provider with a focus on sustainability and innovation is pleased to announce our membership with the Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR). APR is an international trade association representing the plastics recycling industry. Members of APR are shaping the future of our...
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TSC, P&G, Burt’s Bees, Colgate-Palmolive and More Form Recycling Coalition

The Sustainability Consortium (TSC), alongside P&G, Burt's Bees, Colgate-Palmolive, GSK, Sustainable Packaging Coalition, The Recycling Partnership, Balcones Resources, University of Arkansas, and Arizona State University have formed a new coalition to accelerate progress on creating resources to recycle small format packaging and other materia...
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Experts discuss pros and cons of recycled-content mandates

Speakers at a NERC and NEWMOA webinar analyze the impact of recycled-content mandates and how they facilitate a circular economy. Since California became the first state in the U.S. to require minimum postconsumer resin (PCR) content in plastic bottles with Assembly Bill 793, signed into law in October 2020, much has been discussed about the benefi...
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Chemical recycling and supercritical steam among latest innovations driving the circular economy for plastics

There is more innovation in plastics recycling currently than for any other material. The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has formed a new working group focused on identifying the key steps needed for chemical recycling processes to play an effective role in global efforts to increase the recycling of plastics. Specifically, the APR Chemical...
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An introduction to zero waste cooking

 Food waste in the United States has wide-reaching negative ramifications—on climate, health, and food security. The meal kit industry is worth around $1.5 billion. To keep up with the changing tide of consumerism, meal kit companies are offering healthy, customizable, and delivered-to-your-doorstep options, putting them on course to grow anot...
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Nuggets of Wisdom from Our Top 9 Podcast Guests of 2021

Over the year, NothingWasted! talked with some of the top waste, recycling and sustainability experts. Listen to some wisdom from their top 9 of most popular episodes throughout the year. Top Podcast Guests include Steve Alexander, president of The Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR). Listen at Waste360.

Magnetic Ink Attracts Sustainable Solutions

Elegant solution applies specialty ink to shrink-sleeve labels for seamless separation by existing magnetics during packaging recycling sortation. Read the full article from Plastics Today.

APR recognizes plastic dispensers through Meets Preferred Guidance program

The Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR), Washington, has announced the first companies to receive Meets Preferred Guidance (MPG) recognition, a program it launched in August. The MPG program recognizes materials, components and complete packages made with polyethylene terephthalate (PET), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), polypropylene (PP) and...
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APR Press Release: APR Announces First Recipients of Meets Preferred Guidance Recognition

Creating a circular economy for recycled plastics The Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR) today announced the first companies to receive Meets Preferred Guidance (MPG) Recognition. Launched in August of this year, the MPG program recognizes materials, components, and complete packages composed of PET, HDPE, PP, and PE film that are considered P...
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Amcor buys more PCR and develops sortable mini-bottle

One of the world's largest packaging producers boosted its purchases of post-consumer resin by about 30% last year. Switzerland-headquartered Amcor purchased 104,523 metric tons of post-consumer resin (PCR) during its 2021 fiscal year, up 86% from the 2019 fiscal year and 30% from the 2020 fiscal year, according to the company's recently released s...
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Recyclable toothpaste tubes

A BILLION toothpaste tubes. That's a lot of toothpaste tubes that would be recyclable by 2025, a commitment made by GSK Consumer Healthcare to lessen the plastic burden by 2025. The world's leading consumer healthcare business announced in mid-May that it is partnering with two global packaging suppliers to make fully recyclable tubes for its tooth...
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Kraft Heinz Ketchup Packaging Adopts New Dispensing Valve Tech

Iconic Heinz Ketchup recently received a valve closure makeover. An APR Recognized valve system, the recyclable SimpliCycle from Aptar Food and Beverage, will be found in several Kraft Heinz brands by the end of the year. Read the full article from Packaging World. 

Thermoform recycling realities

PET thermoform packaging has exploded in the marketplace over the past decade, increasingly used for food, as well as electronics, cosmetics and more. However, as the two stories below make clear, recovery of this material has remained a struggle. As legislators, consumers and others continue to amplify concerns about plastic's sustainability, pres...
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Fate of billions of plastic bottles potentially altered through ground-breaking Amcor technology

In conjunction with America Recycles Day, Amcor Rigid Packaging (ARP) is announcing a technological advancement that makes it possible for billions1 of small bottles to be recycled. ARP, known for its designed-to-be-recycled packaging, is always looking for ways to increase the amount of material that makes it to – and through – the recycling proce...
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How label materials impact container recyclability

Sustainable packaging solutions may be the buzz in the industry, but the fact that environmentally-conscious consumers have started making it a condition of purchase means this is a shift that's here to stay. The pandemic has hastened this trend as consumers have focused more on what's truly important to them, and environmental issues fall at or ne...
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Aluminum can producers to lobby for deposit legislation

Beverage can manufacturers will direct money into pushing state lawmakers to pass new container deposit laws, as part of an industry effort to boost UBC recycling rates. CMI today announced a new industry goal for used beverage can (UBC) recycling in the U.S., as well as broad strategies to achieve the goal. CMI's members set a joint goal of a 70% ...
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APR launches chemical recycling research working group

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), Washington, has formed the APR Chemical Recycling Research Working Group with the goal of identifying the steps needed to enable chemical recycling to complement traditional recycling technologies. The group will also find ways to successfully integrate chemical recycling into the overall recycling infras...
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Legislating transparency

Extended producer responsibility (EPR) is not a new concept in the United States. Twenty-four states have EPR legislation for end-of-life electronics, for instance. While some provinces in Canada and the European Union have EPR for paper and plastic packaging, such legislation has failed to gain ground in the U.S. until recently. This summer, Maine...
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Connecting regulation and recycling rates

Increasingly both federal and state lawmakers in the United States have introduced and passed legislation with a goal to reduce pollution, raise recycling rates and increase the use of recycled content in products and packaging.The bipartisan Recycling Enhancements to Collection and Yield through Consumer Learning and Education (RECYCLE) Act, intro...
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