The Association of Plastic Recyclers

FLEXcon seeks to educate customers on sustainability

Sustainability continues to be one of the key drivers for companies throughout the supply chain. From suppliers to brands, most companies are striving to operate in a more environmentally-friendly way. In fact, many leading label and package printing companies have set lofty goals for sustainability in an effort to protect the environment and help ...
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Sticking With Sustainability: The Rise of Sustainable Label Media

Sustainability is a continued discussion in all print segments, including labels. Sustainable label media options are available—from facestock and adhesive to the liner—that can be optimized for digital printing. When it comes to label media, what does sustainability mean? Features that come to mind include water dissolvable, biodegradable, recycla...
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Podcast: The Reality of Recycling with Kate Davenport of Eureka Recycling

Our host Steve Alexander is joined this week by Kate Davenport, Co-President of Eureka Recycling, to discuss Eureka's work and mission of demonstrating that waste is completely preventable, not inevitable, challenges that materials recovery facilities are facing, and the future of recycling. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Sound...
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Industry Leaders Help Establish Groundbreaking Framework to Evolve Packaging Recyclability

The Recycling Partnership announced that it will open its Pathway to Circularity Recyclability Framework for public comment, a first of its kind opportunity for the entire recycling value chain and other stakeholders to shape the future of recyclability. The Framework, developed in collaboration with 35 industry leaders spanning the packaging value...
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AWT Labels & Packaging Joins The Association of Plastic Recyclers

AWT Labels & Packaging, an industry leader in labels and flexible packaging printing and converting solutions with headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has joined the Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR).  AWT prints and converts a significant amount of synthetic film materials for pressure-sensitive labels, as well as the printing o...
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Polyplastics' Topas COC Earns APR Recognition for Recyclability with PE Films

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), Farmington Hills, Mich., has granted Critical Guidance Recognition to Polyplastics USA for flexible multilayered film for stand-up pouches with 15.5% or less Topas cyclic olefin copolymer (COC), including grades Topas 9506F-500, 8007F-600, 7010F-600 and 6013F-04. The APR recognition demonstrates that Poly...
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Cascade’s Closed Loop Story Around Recycling Carts

After China's crackdown on plastic exports, Cascade Cart Solutions saw a spike in the already high volumes of these materials at domestic recycling facilities. This sparked the manufacturer and supplier of recycling containers to find ways to use more material in the U.S. and create pull through demand markets. EcoCarts launched in 2020 with one la...
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Active market

After a period of stagnation, there has been a swarm of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity recently, as the post-Covid landscape offers those with strong balance sheets new opportunities to invest and acquire. Issues concerning recycling and waste management are rarely far from the headlines, and last month was no exception. The North Americ...
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Plastics Recycling: APR weighs in on a potential solution

What are the potential solutions for the recycling of plastic beverage containers? In this episode of Closing the Loop, Return-It President & CEO Allen Langdon speaks with Steve Alexander. They discuss APR's position paper on deposit collection programs for beverage containers, chemical recycling, US deposit programs and more. Listen to the&nbs...
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The Recycling Partnership Announces Results of Annual Board Election

The newly-elected Board Directors of The Recycling Partnership bring unmatched sustainability and industry knowledge, and business expertise to help lead The Partnership's work to transform the U.S. recycling system and activate a circular economy for packaging. The Partnership is the lead organization in the country that engages the full recycling...
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Nutrients secured

Increasingly, consumers desire information about the health, safety, environmental and socioeconomic characteristics of food products. These traits often cannot be detected by sight, smell, or taste – so consumers must use food labels to select products that meet their needs and preferences. Read the full article from Labels and Labeling.

California report sparks debate over PP collection

A government-convened commission of California recycling stakeholders has outlined steps to boost markets and cut contamination. But the group's report also leaves polypropylene off a key initial list of accepted materials, drawing quick pushback from national associations. Read the full article from Plastics Recycling Update. Read the full article...
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PET shrink label products meet recyclability guidelines

The Association of Plastic Recyclers has recognized three shrink label innovations for their compatibility with PET recycling processes. In recent months, APR awarded critical guidance letters acknowledging that Siegwerk's washable inks, CCL Label's floating polyolefin label, and Garware Polyester's crystallizable co-polyester film with washable in...
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For a sustainable future, it's time to get behind the US Plastics Pact

We know changes are coming to the U.S. plastics packaging market. That's obvious to packaging sector experts. And that's the biggest reason for the U.S. plastics industry to support the U.S. Plastics Pact. Read the full article from Plastics News. 

Our top stories from June 2021

APR's evolving positions on chemical recycling, the use of mass balance methodologies for post-consumer plastics, and bottle deposit programs drew clicks last month. Read the full article from Plastics Recycling Update.

Kraton Stock Increased 5.53%: Why It Happened

The stock price of Kraton Corporation – a leading global sustainable producer of specialty polymers and high-value biobased products derived from pine wood pulping co-products – increased by 5.53%. Investors appear to be responding positively to Kraton Corporation receiving Critical Guidance Recognition from the Association of Plastic Recyclers (AP...
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Kraton's CirKular+™ Additives Receive APR Critical Guidance Recognition For HDPE Bottles

Kraton Corporation , a leading global sustainable producer of specialty polymers and high-value biobased products derived from pine wood pulping co-products, is pleased to receive Critical Guidance Recognition from the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) for its CirKular+ Performance Enhancement Series C2000 and C3000 for high-density polyethyle...
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Plastic Pollution – A Quick Look at Leading Organizations

APR was named as one of the leading organizations taking action on plastic pollution. Read the full article from Security and Sustainability Guide.  

Industry Statement: Response to California Commission Omission of Polypropylene from CA Statewide Recyclable List Recommendation to CalRecycle

The following is a joint statement attributable to Steve Alexander, President, and CEO, The Association of Plastic Recyclers; Ron Gonen, CEO, Closed Loop Partners; and Keefe Harrison, CEO, The Recycling Partnership: (July 1, 2021) — "The recent recommendations made by the California Statewide Commission on Curbside Recycling and Market Development ...
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What the California Commission’s Recommendations to CalRecycle Could Mean for Polypropylene

What the California Commission’s Recommendations to CalRecycle Could Mean for Polypropylene
Guest blog post by Dylan de Thomas, VP of External Affairs at The Recycling Partnership The California Statewide Commission on Curbside Recycling and Market Development recently published a report to CalRecycle with recommendations regarding a Statewide Standardized Acceptance List of Recyclable Materials (CA Statewide Recyclable List). While we ap...
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