The Association of Plastic Recyclers

The Future of Plastics Recycling is at Risk: THERE IS A SOLUTION.

The Future of Plastics Recycling is at Risk: THERE IS A SOLUTION.
In 2017 there was a perfect storm for the plastics recycling industry in the United States.  With China's National Sword policy, U.S. recyclers suddenly lost a market for 65% of curbside-collected polypropylene, including nearly all bulky rigids. At the same time, a tsunami of virgin resin hit the marketplace, with over 50 million pounds (260 ...
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Recognizing the True Value of Recycled Plastics is More Important Than Ever

The success of plastic recycling is dependent on consistent demand from brand companies and manufacturers. As brand companies continue to publicly state a wide variety of sustainability commitments that commonly include increased postconsumer resin (PCR) content and design for recyclability, it would seem the two industries could naturally work han...
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The APR Recycling Demand Champion Campaign: Proactively Building Demand for Recycled Plastics

The APR Sorting Potential Protocols are designed to identify specific features that may cause an entire package to be lost in the recycling process. This knowledge enables design engineers to focus their improvement efforts as they design with recyclability in mind. These protocols complement the information provided in The APR Design® for Plastics...
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Using More PCR

This session will provide an in depth overview of how to incorporate postconsumer recycled content into your package, Walmart's PCR goals and feasible % PCR by packaging format, as well as how to source and reduce costs of PCR.Less Click here to view the presentation slides. Click here to view a recording of the webinar.

Flexible Packaging (Bags / Wraps / Films)

This session will provide an in depth overview of flexible packaging (bags/wraps/films), uses, packaging components, and design features that may affect recyclability. Click here to view the presentation slides. Click here to view a recording of the webinar.

PET Packaging

This session will provide an in depth overview of PET packaging, uses, packaging components, and design features that may affect recyclability. Click here to view the presentation slides. Click here to view the handout. Click here to view a recording of the webinar.

Why Is / Isn't My Plastic Packaging Recyclable?

This session will provide an overview of the sortation process with specific examples of packaging types that do not typically make it through the process. It was also address how to design for recyclability, leveraging the Walmart Recycling Playbook, the top 5 contaminants in the recycling stream, and using the How2Recycle label. Click here to vie...
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Overview of Plastics Packaging

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May 10, 2019 - Recycling Today

May 10, 2019 - Recycling Today

APR in the News

APR details five areas of focus for PET bottle designs

Five for Focus area highlights and addresses key components of PET container design that can affect recycling.

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April 24, 2019 - New York Times

 

April 24, 2019 - New York Times 

APR in the News

One Thing You Can Do: Know Your Plastics

"You absolutely want to make sure that you never ever put PVC into your recycling bin,” said Steve Alexander.

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April 17, 2019 - Waste Today Magazine

 

April 17, 2019 - Waste Today Magazine

APR in the News

ISRI2019: Packaging innovations that support recycling

John Caturano of Nestlé Waters North America says that Association of Plastic Recyclers’ design guidelines are an underused resource.

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April 11, 2019 - Plastics News

 

April 11, 2019 - Plastics News 

APR in the News

Lopinsky ready to build up APR's Foundation for Plastic Recycling

"The foundation takes a higher level and we will look at projects and initiatives that address your issues but also a bigger picture of the public and society in general, not just the day-to-day issues of the association member."

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March 15, 2019 - Waste360

 

March 15, 2019 - Waste360 

APR in the News

Where Do We Stand on Circular Economy?
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March 26, 2019 - Recycling International

 

March 26, 2019 - Recycling International, Plastics Recycling Update, Recycling Today

APR in the News

American plastics innovators roll up their sleeves

The US Association of Plastic Recyclers celebrated four innovative companies at the recent APR Plastics Recycling Showcase.

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March 21, 2019 - APR Press Release

 

March 21, 2019 - APR Press Release

APR Announces 2019 Plastics Recycling Showcase

Highlighting Innovations to Support the Plastics Recycling Industry
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March 13, 2019 - APR Press Release

 

 

March 13, 2019 - APR Press Release

APR in the News

Newest APR Recycling Demand Champion Companies Announced at the 2019 Plastics Recycling Conference

Proactively Building Demand for Recycled Plastics

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March 6, 2019 - APR Press Release

 

March 6, 2019 - APR Press Release

APR Press Release

The Association of Plastic Recyclers Acquires Resource Recycling, Inc.

Purchase of Industry News and Conference Company Allows Trade Group to Further Enhance and Grow Plastics Recycling

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March 3, 2019 - The Mercury

 
March 3, 2019 - The Mercury

APR in the News

J.P. Mascaro’s Exeter recycling facility part of pilot program to accept flexible plastic packaging
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March 1, 2019 - The Hill

 

March 1, 2019 - The Hill

APR in the News

Can't win fight against plastic waste without recycling

"[I]n order for these well-intended and ambitious initiatives to succeed, it is important that they incorporate a solution that can make the greatest immediate impact on plastic waste: recycling."

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January 29, 2019 - Recycling Today Global

 

January 29, 2019 - Recycling Today Global, BevNet, Waste Dive, Plastics Technology, Plastics Recycling Update, Plastics News, JD Supra

APR in the News

APR study: Recycled plastics lower energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions

The report examines recycling processes for three of the most common types of plastics recycled today: PET, HDPE and polypropylene (PP).

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