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Polypropylene Recycling Coalition awards nearly $2 million in grants

In its initial round of funding, The Recycling Partnership's Polypropylene Recycling Coalition is providing four grants to Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs) across the United States that will improve and increase sortation of polypropylene and support targeted consumer education efforts. Polypropylene, sometimes referred to as No. 5 plastic, is ...
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Petcore Europe's first webinar on “Multiple Loop Recycling”

On 4 March 2021, Petcore Europe (Brussels / Belgium; will host the first in a series of webinars on "Multiple Loop Recycling: what are the challenges?". The webinar will include sessions titled "What did the recyclers learn in the US on virgin?", "How can this industry support recyclability on the long term?" and "Recycling ...
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US plastics recycling struggles to meet demand, highlighting investment gap

Overall, experts agree that the only way to achieve a circular economy is to bridge the ever-growing supply-demand gap through the commoditization of waste and by investing in the entire recycling chain, from the collection of recyclables all the way down to end markets.  Read the full article from S&P Global.Read the full article from&nbs...
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Polyplastics’ Topas COC earns recyclability recognition

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has granted Critical Guidance Recognition to Polyplastics USA for high-gloss HDPE containers with 20 per cent cyclic olefin copolymer (Topas 8007F-600) outer layer. The APR recognition demonstrates that Polyplastics' Topas COC is compatible with the HDPE recycle stream. Read the full article from Plastics ...
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Flexible Plastic Packaging Recycled Into Kraft Heinz Roofing Material

The Kraft Heinz Company (Nasdaq: KHC) ("Kraft Heinz") announced the successful completion of a pilot project to demonstrate the use of roof board made from recycled flexible packaging. The test was made possible by the Company's participation in Materials Recovery For the Future (MRFF), a non-profit research collaborative that set out to prove tech...
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APR Recycling Demand Champions Campaign generates 175 million pounds of PCR demand in its third year

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), Washington, says its program designed to expand market demand for recycled plastics has generated more than 175 million pounds, or 87,500 tons, of new demand for postconsumer resin (PCR) in its third year. When the program launched in 2018, it increased PCR demand by 6.8 million pounds. In its second year...
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APR Press Release: APR Recycling Demand Champions Campaign Announces Three Year Impact and Growth During Virtual APR Member Meeting

Accelerating growth in demand for recycled plastics. The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) is pleased to announce that its program designed to expand market demand for recycled plastics has generated more than 175 million pounds of new demand for postconsumer resin (PCR) in its tremendously successful third year. The APR announced the latest p...
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Why and How Brands Should Move Toward More Sustainable Labels

While "sustainability" as a strategic initiative encompasses much more than packaging (social, economic and environmental factors must all be considered), packaging is the one touchpoint all consumers, value chain partners, investors and retailers will see. As the demand for sustainability picks up steam, some brands might still need to decide what...
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Plastic packaging innovations get recyclability nods

A slew of packaging products – a plastic aerosol can, multi-layer HDPE bottle, bottle and film labels – recently received recognition for their compatibility with plastics recycling processes. The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) in December issued critical guidance letters to Procter & Gamble (P&G), Polyplastics USA, UPM Raflatac and...
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California report sees 'crisis' in recycling, urges plastics changes

A commission appointed by California's legislature to look at recycling is making some potentially big recommendations around plastic packaging that it says are needed to help a system in "crisis." The report from the Statewide Commission on Recycling Markets and Curbside Recycling, released in late December, makes five policy proposals around plas...
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Consumers urged to ‘Buy Recycled’

North American consumers will be encouraged to purchase products made with recycled plastics after the Foundation for Plastic Recycling launched a campaign to stimulate market demand. Read the full article from Plastics in Packaging.Read the full article from Waste360.Read the full article from Recycling Today.

Innovation Insight – Digimarc

Digimarc develops high-tech solutions featuring digital watermarks in order to increase the recyclability of plastics and improve the sustainability and functionality of today's diverse packaging portfolios. As companies look to engage more with consumers, digital watermarking offers a unique interaction with the product and ultimately the brand. A...
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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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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.

Sleever’s LDPET rewarded for its contribution to the circular economy

Each year,the AWA International Sleeve Label Awards recognise the world's most innovative sleeve products (heat-shrink labels). The award for environmental contribution was recently given to Sleever for its LDPET product, the first full-body sleeve to enable enhanced recyclability of PET bottles. Read the full article from Plastics in Packagin...
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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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What’s the Fix for the U.S. Plastic Waste Pile Up?

The U.S. generates more plastic waste than any country worldwide, having cranked out an estimated 42 million metric tons of it in 2016 alone, according to a recent study published in Science Advances. That figure is likely even higher today, says Kara Lavender Law, the lead study author and a professor at the Sea Education Association. Steve Alexan...
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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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