APR Press Release: APR Expands Meets Preferred Guidance Program
Near-infrared sortable dark color concentrates now eligible for recognition
The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) today announced a new packaging component to be included in the Meets Preferred Guidance (MPG) Program which recognizes materials, packaging components, and complete packages composed of PET, HDPE, PP, and PE film that are considered Preferred according to the APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability. Near Infrared (NIR) sortable dark color concentrates are now eligible for the program.
"Dark colored plastics have historically been landfilled because the concentrates used to make the color absorb light in the NIR spectrum which the optical sorters need to identify and sort the package," stated Curt Cozart, APR COO. "NIR sortable dark color concentrates allow these packages to be recovered because they don't absorb this light. This is extremely impactful in a time where the industry needs more supply."
The program also now includes a more streamlined online submission process designed to clarify submission requirements, facilitate the transmittal of data, and provide better tracking. This updated submission process allows the next candidates to be rolled out more quickly. Upcoming candidate products include:
- Film Labels Fixed to a PET Container with an Adhesive
- Film Labels and Direct Print Labels that do not employ an Adhesive
- Hot Caustic Resistant and Washable Inks for Labels for PET Packaging
- Closures affixed to PET Packages
- Closures affixed to HDPE Packages
- PET Base Resin
- HDPE Base resinVisit the APR website for more information about the Meets Preferred Guidance Program, as well as other APR Recognition Programs.
"The MPG Review Program providesconfidence for purchasing and procurement personnel that what they are purchasing is designed for recyclability," explained Steve Alexander, President and CEO of APR. "We commend these manufacturers for stepping up to the plate to develop new products that are compatible with recycling infrastructure and look forward to announcing continued expansion of eligible products."
Visit www.PlasticsRecycling.org for more information about the Meets Preferred Guidance Program, as well as other APR Recognition Programs.
Contact: Kara Pochiro,
APR Communications Director
The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) is The Voice of Plastics Recycling®. As the international trade association representing the plastics recycling industry, membership includes independent recycling companies of all sizes, processing numerous resins, as well as consumer product companies, equipment manufacturers, testing laboratories, organizations, and others committed to the success of plastics recycling. APR advocates the recycling of all plastics. Visit www.PlasticsRecyling.org for more information.