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Podcast: The Recycling Paradigm Shift with Kate Bailey of Eco-Cycle

Our host Steve Alexander is joined this week by Kate Bailey, Policy and Research Director of Eco-Cycle, to discuss her work advocating for a zero waste future, her insights on the packaging crisis, and the challenges she sees for the future of recycling and potential paths forward.  Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, SoundClou...
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What are those numbers on plastic packages? And what do they recycle into?

What are those numbers on plastic packages? And what do they recycle into?
The resin identification codes on packaging tell you what kind of plastic it is. Please remember that you still need to check your local recycling rules to see which types are accepted for recycling in your local area. The resin code is not a "recyclable" symbol. Resin codes also help plastic reclaimers know what is coming into their recycling faci...
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Do you Buy Recycled? Make thoughtful purchases that actually help the planet

Do you Buy Recycled? Make thoughtful purchases that actually help the planet
Did you know that recycling doesn't end at the bin? If you're like most people, you probably already recycle your empty containers at home and on the go. Thank you! Recycling is such an important step to keep valuable materials out of the landfill and in the economy, preventing pollution while creating green jobs. Now it's time to complete the cycl...
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Podcast: Post-Consumer Resin (PCR): The Key to a Circular Recycling Economy

Our hosts Steve and Kara are back to discuss the value and benefits of post-consumer resin (PCR), APR's PCR Certification Program, and the importance of distinguishing between "post-consumer" materials and "post-industrial" materials for labeling purposes. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, SoundCloud, or anywhere else you get your...
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Podcast: The 2021 Plastics Recycling Conference: A Can't-Miss Virtual Event

Steve is joined today by Dan Leif and Tonya Oyala, Resource Recycling's Managing Editor and Sponsor/Exhibitor Manager, respectively. Dan, Tonya, and Steve discuss the upcoming Plastics Recycling Conference, now in its 16th year, which is the focal point for the increasingly complex and international plastics recycling industry. Tune in for more inf...
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Garware Polyester becomes a ‘carbon-negative’ company

Mr. S. B. Garware, Chairman of Garware Polyester Limited (GPL) observed, "Sustainability is core to our vision of making our planet healthier. As a responsible Hi-Tech performance film manufacturing company, we seek to deliver long-term economic value to our stakeholders, while continuing to contribute to the environmental and social well-being of ...
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Podcast: Plastic Recycling Policy in a New Administration, featuring APR's DC Advocates Liam Donovan and Anna Burhop

We're back and jumping into the deep-end to kick off a new year of podcasting! Liam Donovan and Anna Burhop, members of APR's DC lobbying team at Bracewell's Policy Resolution Group, join your host Steve Alexander to discuss how the 117th Congress' roster will impact recycling policy and how APR can continue to advocate for meaningful, bipartisan s...
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UPM Raflatac achieves APR Critical Guidance recognition

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has recognized UPM Raflatac's PE and PP pressure sensitive label materials with general purpose acrylic adhesive for high-density polyethylene (HDPE) containers as meeting or exceeding the most strict APR HDPE Critical Guidance criteria for recyclability. These white and clear PP and PE label materials com...
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The Journey Towards Sustainable Packaging

Global waste is expected to increase by 70 per cent over the next 30 years unless we take action now. Colgate-Palmolive has a plan In order to tackle this critical issue, corporations must make sustainability a priority by setting measurable goals, innovating, collaborating and preparing for anything. Read the full article from Forbes.

Plastics Recycling Conference announces virtual format for 2021

Resource Recycling and the Association of Plastic Recyclers, the organizers of the Plastics Recycling Conference, have announced that this year's event will be held in a fully virtual format April 7-8. In an email announcing the virtual venue, the organizers say it "allows for boosted participation from companies across the sector, eliminating trav...
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Avery Dennison receives APR recognition

Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials has announced its MDO and PE films have been recognized to comply with the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) Critical Guidance for HDPE recycling, and the company's BOPP and MDO films have been recognized to comply with APR Critical Guidance for Flexible PE recycling. Following the earlier APR recog...
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Boost your eco credentials with sustainable labels – here’s how

Your brand is likely facing immense pressure to step up your sustainability game. Not only do major retailers have imminent sustainability requirements for their suppliers, but investors have a heightened focus on the environmental, social and governance (ESG) measures of the companies in their portfolios and customer scrutiny misses nothing.Sustai...
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Report: Innovative New Materials at PACK EXPO Connects

PMMI Media Group editors divided and conquered to collectively take in as much of PACK EXPO Connects as possible. Here's what they saw in the materials category. The challenges of flexible packaging are pushing new innovations. A number of these were touched on during a PACK EXPO presentation. During that presentation, Sandi Childs, Director of Fil...
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Latest updates on Ferrero Group’s sustainable packaging commitments

Ferrero has partnered with the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) to join efforts in enhancing plastics recycling. Working closely with APR and their network of members, Ferrero will help define, develop and update design-for-recyclability guidelines that would be uniform across the industry. This latest partnership announcement follows Ferrero...
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Podcast: A Year in Review: 2020 and Plastic Recycling

2020 has certainly been a challenging year for the plastic recycling industry, but we at APR are proud of our industry's accomplishments this year in the face of the pandemic. Tune in to this Year in Review episode for a dive into all the unique challenges we've tackled this year and what we are looking toward in 2021. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spo...
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Greenpeace sues Walmart regarding recyclability claims

Greenpeace Inc. has filed a lawsuit in California Superior Court alleging that Walmart has employed unlawful, unfair and deceptive business practices by labeling and advertising its various private-label plastic products and packaging as recyclable. The organization demands that Walmart remove what it says are the "false and misleading labels stati...
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Packaging products receive recyclability recognition

Recent testing has shown that several bottle label innovations and a barrier tube package are compatible with plastics recycling processes, according to the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR). APR recently issued critical guidance letters recognizing packaging products from FLEXcon, Multi-Color Corporation and EPL Global. The following informat...
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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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