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APR Statement on the Effects of Degradable Additives on Plastics Recycling

Steve Alexander, President & CEO of the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), issued the following statement regarding the effects of degradable additives on mechanical recycling of postconsumer plastics: Claims regarding the recyclability of degradable additives are unfounded, untested, and possibly misleading as outlined by the U.S. Federal...

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APR chief cites concerns over degradable additives

The chief executive of the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has issued a statement citing the organisation's concerns that degradable additives will have negative effects on PCR. Read the full article from Plastics in Packaging. Read the full article from Recycling Today. Read the full article from Waste Today.

Polypropylene Curbside Recycling to Improve for Millions of Americans with Seven New Grants Awarded

The Recycling Partnership today announced its fourth round of grant funding through its Polypropylene Recycling Coalition ("the Coalition"), issuing nearly $1.6 million in catalytic grants to advance polypropylene recycling in the U.S. These funds will improve curbside polypropylene recycling access for approximately 6.9% of U.S. households when co...

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New Jersey Bill Would Restrict ‘Recyclable’ Claims; Require Solid Triangle for RIC

A recently introduced bill in New Jersey (Bill S2145/A1554) would prohibit the sale, distribution, and import of certain products and packaging marked as recyclable, unless the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) determines that the products are widely recycled. The bill specifies that the use of a chasing arrows symbol surrounding a re...

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How Republic's investment in secondary plastics processing puts a 'different twist' on vertical integration

It's traditionally been less common for haulers and MRF operators to have a further role in the supply chain, but growing PCR demand and other market factors could make the strategy more profitable. Read the full article from Waste Dive.

Association of Plastic Recyclers endorses New York recycling proposal

The association says New York's Extended Produce Responsibility Act could triple recycling rates for residential materials and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Read the full article from Waste Today.

What's in a name? A lot when it comes to molecular plastics recycling

There's a rub within the plastics recycling industry these days regarding just what to call technology that returns waste plastics to their molecular form. These processes, including pyrolysis, methanolysis and glycolysis, are known as chemical recycling, advanced recycling or even molecular recycling, depending on who is speaking. Read the full ar...

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Plastics Recycling in the US: Quality, Availability and Future Prospects

Wednesday, March 23rd / 11am ETWebinar by Material ConneXion While the widely recognized recycling icon ♻ is found on everything - quarts of motor oil to colorful children's toys, and drink bottles to single use utensils - it's become almost invisible. Depending on where we live, we might put items in a blue bin for collection, take them to a local...

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Podcast: Takeaways from the 2022 Plastics Recycling Conference with Dan Leif of Resource Recycling, Inc.

APR was glad to be back, and in person, for the 2022 Plastics Recycling Conference. The event brought together a record number of industry decision-makers to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing the industry. In this episode of Recycled Content, we are joined by Dan Leif, the managing editor at the Resource Recycling, Inc. Tune in for a l...

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APR Press Release: Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) Endorses Governor Hochul’s Recycling Proposal

Extended Produce Responsibility Act could triple recycling rates for residential materials and lower GHG emissions Steve Alexander, President of The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), The Voice of Plastics Recycling®, issued the following statement on New York Governor Kathy Hochul's Executive Budget proposal to enact an extended producer resp...

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APR elects 2022 board of directors

The Washington-based Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has announced its newly elected executive committee and board of directors for 2022. Roxanne Spiekerman of PreZero US has been elected chair for the upcoming year, with Greg Janson of Granite Peak Plastics and Eric Targgart of Custom Polymers serving as vice chair and treasurer respectivel...

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The Current State of Plastics Recycling

Plastic waste is a significant environmental problem for the world. But the good news is that new technologies, from design through end of life, are making it easier to recycle plastics and have them be a good citizen in the circular economy. The ultimate goal is to eliminate plastic waste. In this interview, we speak with Kara Pochiro, the Vice Pr...

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Plastic Recyclers Elect New Board of Directors for 2022

Strong Leadership to Support the Plastics Recycling Industry The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) recently announced its newly elected Executive Committee and Board of Directors, to lead the organization for 2022. Roxanne Spiekerman of PreZero US has been elected Chair for the upcoming year, with Greg Janson of Granite Peak Plastics and Eric ...

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Packaging sustainability legislation places more responsibility on producers

Determined to help pet companies achieve more sustainable operations, the Pet Sustainability Coalition (PSC) held its UnPacked22 event, which brought together the industry to discuss the importance of sustainability in packaging from Feb. 22 to 24. During the event, Sandi Childs, a consultant from the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), and Mic...

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Plastics Recycling Conference: Supply solutions needed to meet 2025 demand growth projections

Numerous brands have already announced their 2025 goals for increasing recycled content in their packaging, but supply of postconsumer recycled resin will likely fall short of the 2025 demand, said speakers at last week's Plastics Recycling Conference. Experts weighed in on how to remedy these supply and demand issues. They urged rapid mobilization...

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A push for Washington to police the ‘Wild West' of plastics recyclability

A recycling group and environmentalists want Washington to be much more aggressive in policing claims about the recyclability of plastic packaging, and they're looking to the Federal Trade Commission to get the ball rolling. The FTC is expected this year to launch a rewrite of its environmental marketing rules for what companies can say on packagin...

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Aligning PCR supply with demand

The supply of postconsumer recycled resins typically used in packaging is insufficient to meet projected 2025 demand, which is being driven by legislative mandates and voluntary brand commitments, particularly for food-contact applications, according to the analysis provided by representatives from Independent Commodity Intelligence Services (ICIS)...

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2022 Webinar Series Coming Soon!

APR will soon release the schedule and topics for our 2022 webinar series. This year's webinars will cover how to ensure your packages are circular by design (in North America and abroad), demystifying common myths and misconceptions about recycling and recycled content, what you need to know to take action on urgent policy topics, and more. S...

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March 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 occur on Tuesday afternoon and all day Wednesday. Except for the PET Reclaimers Working Group, at...

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Plastics Recycling Conference 2022

The Plastics Recycling Conference is the largest North American gathering of plastics recycling and sustainability professionals, annually bringing together more than 2,000 industry decision-makers for networking and discussion of key trends.  This is the place to get caught up after 2 years in the virtual metaverse. Workshops, early morn...

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