The Association of Plastic Recyclers

Podcast: Paving the Path to a Circular Economy with U.S. Plastics Pact Executive Director Emily Tipaldo

Joining the Recycled Content podcast this week is Emily Tipaldo, Executive Director of the U.S. Plastics Pact. Emily and Steve discuss the Pact's goals for the future of plastic recycling and the circular economy, her experience in the world of plastics, and bringing transparency and accountability into this vital space. Listen on Apple Podcasts, S...
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EPA’s Latest Recycling Report Comes With a Surprise; and How to Decipher Recycling Data

Calculating recycling rates is no easy, straightforward task, especially when it comes to consolidating figures to come up with a national number. The stats come from multiple sources with different number-crunching methods. Reading and writing these reports is more an art than a science. This year the real story was even harder to decipher as the ...
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Best Practices For Recycling

As good as your intentions are for the environment, you may be doing more harm than good if you're unaware of the most common recycling rules. For example, not every piece of plastic, cardboard, or aluminum belongs in the bin. One of the biggest misconceptions is that an item is recyclable if it has the recycle symbol on it. This, coupled with conf...
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The Recycling Partnership Announces First Grants to Improve Polypropylene Curbside Recycling for Millions of Americans

The Recycling Partnership today announced nearly $2 million in catalytic grants to advance polypropylene recycling in the U.S. through its Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, a cross-industry collaboration that launched just four months ago with founding steering committee members Keurig Dr Pepper, Braskem, and the Walmart Foundation and other membe...
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Albéa lands partnership with P&G to launch recyclable toothpaste tubes

Albéa Group is proud to partner with FMCG leader P&G to launch several ranges of recyclable toothpaste tube, using its proprietary Greenleaf Generation 2 tube technology. P&G has recently announced that the new packaging would be released across its renowned Crest, Oral-B and Blend-a-med toothpaste brands. The three brands now feature recyc...
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Amcor partners 35 Consumer Goods Companies on recyclable packaging

Amcor, in partnership with 35 companies in the consumer goods industry, announced measures to significantly reduce plastic waste. Amcor and its partners in this coalition say they will be enforcing two new design rules to deliver packaging that is easier and more cost-effective to recycle. The first design rule aims to improve the economic viabilit...
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PP evolution makes all K-Cup coffee pods recyclable

Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) has made all of its K-Cup pods recyclable and added the How2Recycle label that communicates recycling instructions to consumers. Part of a longstanding sustainability commitment, the brand converted more than 100 manufacturing lines to produce the pods now made from polypropylene. KDP produces approximately 80 per cent of the...
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EPL’s Platina tube achieves First in the World title

First fully sustainable and completely recyclable tube and cap combination. EPL has announced that its Platina tube with an HDPE closure has been recognized by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) as the first fully sustainable and completely recyclable tube and cap combination in the world. Read the full article from Press Ideas. Read the fu...
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Film Suppliers and Food Companies Sharpen Plans for Sustainability Goals

Sustainable mandates are arriving in the next five years, and consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies and suppliers are collaborating to find answers to meet this difficult challenge. During the recent BNP Media-sponsored virtual Global Pouch Forum, David Luttenberger, global packaging director at Mintel, explained numerous consumer trends revolvin...
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Podcast: Increasing Demand for Recycled Plastic with APR's Ali Briggs-Ungerer

Today's episode features an excellent interview on the generation of demand for recycled plastic with APR's Director of Market Development, Ali Briggs-Ungerer. This discussion serves as a great primer on the world of plastic recycling and how the circular economy is driven, while also covering APR's Demand Champions campaign and how companies can p...
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5 Tips to Creating a Recyclable Flexible Package

Environmental issues for plastic packaging may have taken a back seat during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it's only a matter of time until the topic turns white hot again. A subset of the plastic environmental conversation is recycling. Confusion runs rampant among consumers as to what can and cannot be recycled — and in what manner. Interestingly, t...
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Report examines thermoform recovery options

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) thermoform packaging, which includes cups, clamshells, trays, bowls and deli, bakery and takeout containers, is growing in popularity. A new study by the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI), Falls Church, Virginia, and its project partners, "PET Thermoform Cost and Material Flow Analysis," presents relative costs ...
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Crest, Oral-B and Blend-a-med Announce the Launch of Their First Ever Recyclable HDPE Toothpaste Tubes in North America and Europe

Procter & Gamble (P&G) will start the switch to the recyclable HDPE tubes for Crest, Oral-B and Blend-a-med in January 2021 and will continue until full conversion, by 2025 for US and Europe. The launch of its first HDPE tubes will enable millions of households to recycle their toothpaste packaging in existing recycling streams. R...
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NAPCOR shares progress report on PET thermoform recycling

The National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR), Charlotte, North Carolina, has worked with stakeholders to improve the collection and recycling of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) thermoform packaging, including clamshells, cups, tubs, lids, boxes, trays, egg cartons and similar rigid, nonbottle packaging.  Over the past five ye...
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Commentary: Creating a circular economy requires advocacy and activism from all sectors

With global warming continuing to rise, reversing climate change through sustainable practices has become increasingly vital to the health of the planet. Sustainability initiatives can be found in nearly every industry, including plastic packaging. While single-use plastics are scrutinized for contributing to the upward global warming potential (GW...
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Avery Dennison Talks Circularity in Self-Adhesive Label Industry

Labels are everywhere – on soda bottles, lotion containers, pieces of fruit. Many of these self-adhesive labels are made of virgin plastics, and even those made of paper could have a plastic liner. A new coalition of more than 30 global companies in the self-adhesive value chain has formed with an end-goal of creating a circular industry and encour...
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November 20, 2020 - Waste360

November 20, 2020 - Waste360 APR in the News Plastic Wars The show is an indictment of the plastic industry, and, by extension, plastic recycling. It also has inaccuracies, is misleading and makes virtually no attempt to acknowledge America's plastic recycling industry. November 20, 2020 - Waste360 APR in the News Plastic Wars Everyone hates plasti...
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November 18, 2020 - The George-Anne Media Group

November 18, 2020 - The George-Anne Media Group APR in the News "Let's Talk About Plastic" Panel Recap The Center for Sustainability held a virtual panel with recycling experts on Wednesday to educate the public on proper plastic management and how to reduce environmental waste. November 18, 2020 - The George-Anne Media Group APR in the News "Let's...
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November 17, 2020 - Waste Today

November 17, 2020 - Waste Today APR in the News Closed Loop Partners maps plastic recycling infrastructure, packaging waste in new tool The tool is designed to guide investors, brands, entrepreneurs and policymakers to make data-driven decisions and collaborate on plastics circularity, according to the firm. November 17, 2020 - Waste Today APR in t...
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November 17, 2020 - Waste Advantage, Waste Today

November 17, 2020 - Waste Advantage, Waste Today APR in the News ACC asks Congress to prioritize recycling legislation in 2021 The American Chemistry Council is encouraging legislators to focus on plastics recycling initiatives given the industry's goal of recovering 100 percent of plastic packaging in the U.S. by 2040. November 17, 2020 - Waste Ad...
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