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Toray Plastics (America), Inc., Joins the Association of Plastics Recyclers

Toray Plastics (America), Inc., is pleased to announce that it has joined the Association of Plastics Recyclers. The APR is an international trade association that represents the plastics recycling industry; its member companies are committed to the success of plastics recycling. In 2004 Toray Plastics (America) launched a multi-faceted sustainabil...
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Is there a fruitful path to recycling PET thermoforms?

PET thermoformed packages like clamshells for berries and deli sandwiches are all over grocery stores. But only 9 percent of them ever make their way to recycling bins. It's a problem vexing those trying to create a more circular supply chain for the popular packaging material. "My biggest obstacle since we started a couple years ago has been colle...
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APR Recognition: CCL Reaches Next Milestone for EcoFloat™ Sleeve Material in the US Market

CCL receives APR (Association of Plastic Recyclers) Critical Guidance Recognition (CGR) for innovative sleeve material that helps boost PET recycling Hybrid polyolefin film facilitates easy separation of labels from PET bottles and other types of plastic containers in the recycling process EcoFloat™ helps consumer goods companies to reach recycling...
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Spartech Enhances Sustainable Plastics Focus With APR Membership

Spartech, a leading manufacturer of engineered thermoplastics and custom packaging solutions, is pleased to announce that it is now a member of The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), an international trade association representing the plastics recycling industry and dedicated to environmentally sustainable product solutions. "APR is the widely...
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Scholle IPN Announces Launch of First APR-Recognized, 100% Recyclable Bag-in-Box Package for Water

Scholle IPN, a leading global supplier of flexible packaging solutions, announced today that their bag-in-box packaging for water passed the Association of Plastic Recyclers' FPE-CG-01 testing, which evaluates the compatibility of flexible packaging with film-to-film recycling processes. The package is the first bag-in-box format to pass this testi...
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APR recognizes recyclability of packaging technologies

HDPE tubes, PET aerosol containers and PP thermoforms were among the packaging innovations that received recyclability recognition from the Association of Plastic Recyclers recently. APR awarded critical guidance recognition letters to tube manufacturer Tupack Verpackungen, brand owner Procter & Gamble (P&G), pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmi...
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Recycling, sustainability are goals for Milliken additives

Milliken & Co. is offering processors additives that can help improve recycling and meet other sustainability goals. DeltaMax-brand additives can be used to increase the processability of recycled polypropylene resins while maintaining or increasing toughness, officials with Milliken in Spartanburg, S.C., said. The firm's Millad NX 8000 ECO cla...
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Collective approach vital to boost PCR plastics

Collaboration, greater dialogue and fresh thinking are needed to increase the use of post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic in new products, according to experts in the industry. The issue was the theme of a virtual discussion on the second day of the 2021 annual conference of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI). While brands are ...
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Six Questions About Sustainability at Sun Chemical

Cross-industry partnerships and collaborations are critical in contributing to sustainability initiatives because they help us understand what the needs and gaps are in becoming more sustainable in particular packaging industries.  For example, our partnership with the Association of Plastic Recyclers helps us better understand some of the cha...
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Washington state passes recycled-content mandate, EPS ban

Washington state legislators have passed one of the country's more far-reaching measures mandating recycled content in plastic bottles and trash bags as well as banning some polystyrene foam packaging. The legislation was adopted by the state Senate April 19 and now heads to the desk of Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee. It aims to boost recycling ma...
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Mactac introduces Simply Sustainable initiative

Mactac, a leading supplier of PS adhesives, has introduced the company's Simply Sustainable culture of environmental responsibility, which delivers enhanced value to customers, end-users, employees, and communities.Read the full article from Label & Narrow Web.

Six Ways Associations Can Bring “Earth Day Is Every Day” to Life

Earth Day prompts us all to focus on environmentalism. But many associations—through their buildings, sustainability strategies, and advocacy—live the celebration's ethos year-round. In the more than 50 years since a nonprofit called the Earth Day Network (now known as marked April 22 as Earth Day, associations and other nonprofi...
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Washington’s minimum recycled content bill expected to pass

State legislators have approved a minimum recycled content bill that is headed to the governor's desk. SB 5022 passed by the state's Senate March 2. After passing in the House, the Senate also approved House amendments to the bill April 19. The bill is headed to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's desk for signature Read the full article from Recycling To...
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Minimum recycled content bill heads to Washington governor's desk

Industry experts and environmental groups say they expect SB 5022 to pass, in part, because of strong support for its minimum recycled content requirements, a concept that has been gaining traction nationally. Steve Alexander, president and CEO of the Association of Plastic Recyclers, said he anticipates Das' bill to be one of many such bills acros...
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Ink Innovation

Even though suppliers have been tasked with designing inks that pop on the label – at faster speeds and with quicker turnaround times – the products must still meet the demand for other emerging trends. Sustainability, for example, is a key tenet of ink development, as these products play one of the most vital roles in the health of the environment...
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NERC conference explores EPR, refillable bottle and circular economy possibilities

The Northeast Recycling Council's spring conference highlighted the possibilities and the pitfalls of innovation at the local, state, and national levels to improve recycling results. Speakers addressed options for expanding U.S. refillable bottle programs, insights from Canada's diverse EPR systems, and the long-term role chemical recycling could ...
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Industry connects online at a pivotal juncture

Hundreds of plastics recycling and sustainability professionals are taking part in this week's virtual Plastics Recycling Conference, which is offering discussions on policy, markets and more at a time of sector uncertainty. The 16th-annual Plastics Recycling Conference, taking place April 7-8, has drawn over 820 registered attendees and more than ...
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Polypropylene Recycling Coalition announces second round of grants

The Recycling Partnership, Falls Church, Virginia, has announced a second round of grant funding through its Polypropylene Recycling Coalition. In this round, nearly $1 million will be distributed to three material recovery facilities (MRFs), allowing them to invest in equipment to recover polypropylene (PP). Read the full article from Waste Today....
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First Day of Northeast Recycling Council’s Spring Conference Covers EPR, Policy Making, Overview of Recycling Markets, and More

The Northeast Recycling Council kicked off their Spring Virtual Conference yesterday with a keynote panel on "Understanding and Choosing the Right EPR Model: The Canadian Experience" moderated by Josh Kelly, Materials Management Section Chief at the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. Next, the discussion turned to "Setting Post-consumer Recycled ...
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PFE Further Expands into the European Plastics Recycling Industry

The leading European organization to define recyclability in Europe and to develop the RecyClass recyclability testing standards, Plastics Recyclers Europe, has recognized Plastics Forming Enterprises (PFE), Amherst, N.H., as an accredited laboratory. PFE, which has a long-standing performance as an approved lab for PET in Europe, is now not only t...
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