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APR Fall Member Meeting

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Register By Friday, August 2 for the Best Rates October 22 – 24, 2024Omni Charlotte HotelCharlotte, North Carolina  EARLYUntil August 2 STANDARDAugust 3 –September 13 LATESeptember 14 –October 21 Members $450 $475 $500Non-Members$525$550$575 Registrants receive access to: General Sessions: Hear the "State of the APR" and get insights on k...

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APR Design® Training: Two-Day Training & Tours Program

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October 8-9, 2024Dallas, Texas Learn why and how to design for recyclability in this two-day interactive session. Both days start with classroom learning, covering what it means to be recyclable, how packaging makes it through the full North American recycling system, recommendations and watchouts for design, as well as rec...

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Nationwide Business Development Opportunity for Sorting and Recycling Services Under Canada’s EPR Programs

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Tuesday, June 25, 2024Noon - 1:00 PM Eastern Time Presented By: Usman ValianteSupply-chain procurement strategist and advisor to Circular Materials Canada's leading Producer Responsibility Organizations (PROs)—Circular Materials, Éco Entreprises Québec, and Recycle BC—have launched a nationwide Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI) proces...

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APR Summer Member Meeting

APR Summer Member Meeting

Wednesday, June 5 – Friday, June 7, 2024Austin Marriott DowntownAustin, Texas  EARLYUntil April 19 STANDARDApril 20 – May 24 LATEMay 25 – June 5 Members $450 $475 $500Non-Members$525$550$575 Registrants receive access to: General Session: Hear the "State of the APR" from APR's President & C...

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APR Design® Recognition 101: The Seal of Approval for Recyclable Plastic Packaging Design

View the recording View the slides Is your company investing in sustainable package innovation? Get the credit you deserve, and let the world know, with APR Design® for Recyclability Recognition. Since its inception, the program has reviewed and recognized packaging from more than 120 companies and has led to the mainstream adoption of impactful in...

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Press Release: APR Expands Program to Recognize Sustainable Packaging Solutions

Now Eligible for APR New Packaging Components Design® Recognition The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) recently announced updates to the APR Design® for Recyclability Recognition Program, adding new packaging components that are now eligible for Preferred Design Recognition (PDR.) There are several different paths to achieve APR Design® Recog...

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Ep. 32: Design for Recyclability & the Evolution of the APR Design® Program w/ Rebecca Mick & Ruben Nance

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Recycled Content Host and the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) VP of Communications and Public Affairs, Kara Pochiro, is joined this episode by two fellow APR colleagues, Rebecca Mick, Program Director for Film & Packaging Innovation, and Ruben Nance, APR Program Director responsible for the management and growth of APR's Preferred Design...

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Press Release: Save the Date for the Biggest Event in the U.S. Covering Municipal Recycling Policy for State and Municipal Officials

Invaluable resources and insights to improve recycling State and local recycling officials, industry stakeholders and sustainability advocates are invited to mark their calendars for the upcoming Resource Recycling Conference (RRC), presented by Resource Recycling, Inc., set to take place November 13-15, 2024 in Louisville, Kentucky. This dynamic e...

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Spring APR Member Meeting

Hundreds of plastic recycling professionals are gathering March 27-28 to continue APR's work of raising the bar for plastics recycling. Taking place on the heels of the Plastics Recycling Conference (March 25-27), this shortened member meeting is an opportunity to network with APR members across the value chain in a smaller, more int...

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Press Release: APR and RecyClass Celebrate a Year of Collaboration to Improve Plastics Packaging Circularity

Commitment to drive global harmonization of Design for Recyclability Guidance The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) and RecyClass celebrate a successful first year of collaborative efforts to accelerate global alignment of Design for Recycling Guidance with the publication of a report detailing accomplishments and key milestones. The APR-RecyC...

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Press Release: APR Report Studies Pyrolysis as Possible Complement to Mechanical Recycling for Plastic Film and Flexible Packaging (FFP)

First-ever modeling of scaled FFP recycling, including design, collection methods and costs The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) released today a comprehensive report that models the potential of pyrolysis technologies, as a complement to mechanical recycling, to recycle FFP back into plastic resins to be remanufactured into new plastic ...

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Press Release: APR Completes Suite of Sorting Potential Test Methods to Improve Design for Recyclability

Lab-scale testing for full scale results The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) recently announced completion of a first of its kind, multi-material 2d3d sorting potential test method, "Evaluation of the 2D/3D Sorting Potential of a Whole Article," developed through supporting funding from the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI). Thi...

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Ep 30: Getting ready for the Plastic Recycling Conference w/ Maite Quinn & Steve Alexander

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Ahead of the 2024 Plastic Recycling Conference, Recycled Content is back with a new episode hosted by the Association of Plastic Recycler's (APR) VP of Communications and Public Affairs, Kara Pochiro as she sits down with Steve Alexander, President & CEO of APR, and Maite Quinn, a lead member for Resource Recycling's Plastic Recycling Conferenc...

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APR and USPP Joint Statement

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) and the U.S. Plastics Pact issued the following statement in response to the Center for Climate Integrity's recent report on plastics recycling: "APR and the U.S. Plastics Pact know that recycling works. Recyclers take in post-consumer plastic packaging from every community recycling program across the cou...

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Plastics in AI: Reducing Plastic Waste Through Artificial Intelligence and Digitalization

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From creation to disposal, the plastics industry is ripe for artificial intelligence (AI). The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) upcoming event, "Plastics in AI: Reducing Plastic Waste Through Artificial Intelligence and Digitalization," taking place online Feb. 5-7, 2024, and co-hosted with the Association of Plastics Recyclers, will explore how...

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EP:29 How Recycling Works At KW Plastics With Stephanie Baker

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Host and APR's VP of Communications and Public Affairs, Kara Pochiro, is joined by Stephanie Baker, Director of Market Development for KW Plastics' Recycling Division. Kara and Stephanie discuss how KW got its beginnings from the disposal process for automotive battery casings and has now turned into a closed loop recycling business in Alabama, rev...

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A Polymer Scientist Wrestles — Literally and Figuratively — With the Frustrations of Plastic Packaging

A great new blog post published this week by Dr. Kate Beers, a polymer scientist who leads work on the circular economy for the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), says "Plastics and polymers are an essential part of life, but we can be more thoughtful about how much of them we use and discard." Live...

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APR President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Policy Officer Recognized by Plastics News as Notable Leaders in Sustainability

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APR is pleased to announce that three of our top leaders have received an important industry recognition. Steve Alexander, APR President & CEO; Kate Bailey, APR Chief Policy Officer; and Curt Cozart, APR Chief Operating Officer, were included on Plastics News' inaugural list of Notable Leaders in Sustainability. Plastics News recognizes Steve, ...

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Ep 28:The Year in Review with APR President and CEO Steve Alexander

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APR President & CEO, Steve Alexander, is back on Recycled Content with host Kara Pochiro to discuss and reflect upon 2023. The two give updates on their predictions and resolutions from earlier this year, talk about the current state of the recycling industry, and how APR is a key component of progress made. Steve and Kara break down the recycl...

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APR Press Release: APR Design® for Plastics Recyclability Recognition Program Is Expanding

New polypropylene (PP) packaging components now eligible for recognition  The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) recently announced six new packaging components eligible for the Preferred Design Recognition (PDR) Program, formerly known as Meets Preferred Guidance (MPG). This program provides third-party validation that products are compat...

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