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Nationwide Request for Expressions of Interest with Canada’s Producer Responsibility Organizations

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Canada's leading Producer Responsibility Organizations (PROs) – Circular Materials (CM), Éco Entreprises Québec (EEQ) and Recycle BC (RBC) – have launched a nationwide Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI) to procure plastics packaging sortation and recycling services. Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programs are already in place or bei...

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APR Statement on the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Hearing on Efforts to Improve Reuse and Recycling

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) applauds the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and Chairman Tom Carper (D-DE) and Ranking Member Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) for convening this week's important hearing on "Efforts to Improve Reuse and Recycling." Coming just weeks after the celebration of Earth Day — an annual reminder...

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APR Applauds Progress at INC-4 Negotiations on Plastic Pollution

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The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) issued the following statement at the conclusion of the fourth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC-4) on plastic pollution: "APR commends the substantial progress made in Ottawa to reduce plastic pollution through a global instrument. The message remains clear that these UN negotiat...

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Recycling More and Using Less on Earth Day 2024

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The world is in a battle against plastic waste. Alongside reduction and reuse, recycling is a vital strategy for winning that battle. Every year, recycling keeps billions of pounds of plastic out of oceans and landfills. On Earth Day, we remember that when we recycle more, we can all use less - less of the Earth's finite resources and less energy t...

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Creating a Path Towards the Future of Plastics Recycling

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Recycling works. It is essential, along with reduction and reuse, in the ever-evolving landscape to create a circular economy. As an international non-profit and the only North American organization focused exclusively on improving recycling for plastics, it has remained the focus of APR's work for over 30 years. We stand at a pivotal moment, where...

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For recycling to truly succeed as a solution to reduce plastic pollution, the UN should focus on six key areas

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The global treaty recognizes the importance of plastics recycling as an essential solution to reduce plastic pollution, but more work is needed to invest in and incentivize the business of recycling so recyclers can outcompete virgin plastic in the marketplace. In a few short weeks, nearly 170 countries and thousands of stakeholders will gather in ...

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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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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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Examining the EPR Legislation Wave and CA SB 54 with Bruce Magnani 

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Host and APR's VP of Communications and Public Affairs, Kara Pochiro, is joined by Bruce Magnani, APR's Legislative Advocate in California, and VP of Houston Magnani Associates. Kara and Bruce start by breaking down the basics of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and California's SB 54 that focuses on packaging. The two discuss the EPR wave th...

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The Association of Plastic Recyclers Celebrates America Recycles Day

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Today, November 15th, the Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR) is excited to mark the 26th annual America Recycles Day, the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. This day is especially important to APR as a U.S.- based, international non-profit and the only North American organizati...

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APR Goes to Washington

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Steve Alexander Testifies on Plastic Recycling Issues Before U.S. Senate Subcommittee  On Thursday, September 28, 2023, APR President and CEO Steve Alexander was invited to testify at a hearing before the United States Senate Environment and Public Works Committee's Subcommittee Chemical Safety, Waste Management, Environmental Justice, and Reg...

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Package Design for Recyclability – A Deep Dive into PET Plastics

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On this week's episode, APR's VP of Communications and Public Affairs, Kara Pochiro, is joined by Curt Cozart, Chief Operating Officer of APR and lead of the APR Design® Guide Training Program and other technical projects. Kara and Curt continue the conversation on package design from the last episode, diving into the world of PET, a plastic often ...

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Advancing Global Momentum to Improve Plastic Recycling: Insights from APR Chief Policy Officer Kate Bailey's Participation in the Global Plastics Treaty Talks in Paris

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This summer, APR's Chief Policy Officer Kate Bailey represented APR at the Second Session of the UN Environment Programme Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Plastic Pollution (INC-2) in Paris, France. The week-long event was the second of five planned sessions in the UN process to reach a final agreement in late 2024. APR participated as an...

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Designing with Detail: A Look at Package Design for Recyclability with Ruben Nance

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On this episode of Recycled Content, host Kara Pochiro is joined by Ruben Nance, Program Director for the Meets Preferred Guidance (MPG) Recognition Program at APR. Ruben and Kara talk about what makes packages truly recycling compatible through an examination of APR's Design® Guide, the different Recognition Programs that APR offers, and the curre...

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APR Represents Recyclers at the UN Environment Program

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APR is pleased to be participating in the Second Session of the UN Environment Programme Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Plastic Pollution (INC-2) on May 29 - June 2, 2023 in Paris, France as an accredited organization. INC-2 is intended to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine ...

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Earth Day 2023: Recycling and the Circular Economy

The recycling supply chain may be complex but the mission is simple - conserve the Earth's resources and reduce waste. With APR programs and guidance, companies can make recyclable products, collect and process those products, and make new products from recycled materials. by Steve Alexander On Earth Day, just like every day, APR is the "Voice of P...

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