The Association of Plastic Recyclers

What the California Commission’s Recommendations to CalRecycle Could Mean for Polypropylene

What the California Commission’s Recommendations to CalRecycle Could Mean for Polypropylene
​Guest blog post by Dylan de Thomas: The exclusion of PP bottles, rigid containers, tubs, and cups not only underestimates current and future recycling access, capture, and marketability of PP in California, but also proves detrimental to the growing momentum for PP recovery, recycling, and waste reduction nationwide. We encourage CalRecycle and the State of California to consider the unique situation and near-term potential of PP as it assesses the recommendations made by the Commission.

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.

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. Here are some examples of what types of packaging typically have these resin codes, and just a few of the recycled items that they become.

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? Our consumer choices have an impact far beyond the register. To unlock all those environmental and economic benefits that come with recycling, your recyclables have to transform into new products. In other words… you already recycle. Now it's time to Buy Recycled.

2020: Year in Review

2020: Year in Review
For many of us, last year's Plastics Recycling Conference was the final in-person event attended before the onset of COVID-19 and what proved to be a year full of challenges that no one could have predicted. As we look forward to turning this corner, we are taking this time to reflect on some of the accomplishments that APR and our members was fortunate enough to achieve in the past year despite the odds we all faced.

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.

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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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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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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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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Podcast: Increasing Demand for Recycled Plastic with APR's Ali Briggs-Ungerer

Today's episode features an excellent interview on the generation of demand for recycled plastic with APR's Director of Market Development, Ali Briggs-Ungerer. This discussion serves as a great primer on the world of plastic recycling and how the circular economy is driven, while also covering APR's Demand Champions campaign and how companies can p...
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Podcast: The 2020 Elections and Plastic Recycling, with APR's DC Advocates Liam Donovan and Anna Burhop

We're back with an excellent interview diving into what the current results of the 2020 election mean for the near future of plastic recycling. Liam Donovan and Anna Burhop, members of APR's DC lobbying team at the Bracewell's Policy Resolution Group, join to discuss the ins and outs of the 2020 election, insights on the Georgia runoffs, and what t...
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Recyclable vs Recycled: What you need to know; why it matters

Recyclable vs Recycled: What you need to know; why it matters
Reduce, reuse, recycle – we've all heard it a hundred times. This year, the need to reduce what we buy and the value of reusing and repairing what we can has hit home. But everything has an end to its useful life, and that is where recycling comes in. Recycling is a necessary and important part of sustainability that prevents waste and reduces the ...
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California AB 793: Your questions answered!

California AB 793: Your questions answered!
APR President and CEO Steve Alexander answers questions about a new law in California that sets minimum post-consumer resin content requirements for plastic bottles. What is AB-793? AB 793 is a new law in California, passed unanimously by the California legislature and signed into law by California Governor Gavin Newsom on August 28, 2020, that req...
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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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Podcast: Plastic Circularity with Plastics News Editor Don Loepp

APR President Steve Alexander is joined this week by Don Loepp, Editor of Plastics News and Editorial Director with the Crain Polymer Group. Steve and Don talk potential federal activity on plastic recycling, compare US and European standards, and explore communications around sustainable practice. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts...
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Podcast: Recycling and Sustainability with Bridget Anderson, Deputy Commissioner at NYC Department of Sanitation

Bridget Anderson, the Deputy Commissioner of Recycling and Sustainability at NYC Department of Sanitation, joins our host Steve Alexander for a great conversation about her work at the largest municipal waste management agency in the nation. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, SoundCloud, or anywhere else you get your podcasts! ...
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Podcast: Sustainability in Packaging, Featuring John Caturano of Nestlé Waters

John Caturano, Senior Sustainability Manager of Packaging and Programs at Nestlé Waters, NA, joins host Steve Alexander for a wide-ranging conversation that covers how Nestlé is coping with coronavirus and the company's commitments to sustainability. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, SoundCloud, or anywhere else you get your podca...
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Podcast: The True Value of PCR with Greg Janson, CEO of QRS Inc.

Steve chats with Greg Janson, CEO of QRS Inc., a post-consumer plastic processor, to discuss how QRS is functioning in the time of coronavirus, how post-consumer processing works and the American demand for this work, and what it takes to enhance the value of post-consumer resin (PCR). Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, SoundCloud,...
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