The Association of Plastic Recyclers

Spring APR Member Meeting

Hundreds of plastic recycling professionals are gathering March 27-28 to continue APR's work of raising the bar for plastics recycling. Taking place on the heels of the Plastics Recycling Conference (March 25-27), this shortened member meeting is an opportunity to network with APR members across the value chain in a smaller, more intimate setting.

Members: $375

Will your company be represented? Our first APR member meeting of the year is a perfect time to see what our committees are up to and explore expanding your presence. View the agenda at a glance. 

Non-Members: $450

Stay after the Plastics Recycling Conference and see what APR is all about! Nonmember companies may attend one APR Member Meeting at the non-member rate before joining. Learn more about APR membership.

Registrants receive access to:

  • General Sessions: Hear from our speakers and get insights on key industry issues.

  • Committee Meetings: Join as many as you like across five disciplines. Although full participation is limited to elected committee members, all Spring Member Meeting registrants are welcome to attend.

  • Networking Reception: Make connections at APR member companies, from technical and sustainibility experts to business development leads and executives.  

  • Attendee List: See who's coming and make the most of your networking time. Registered attendees can find the attendee list linked in the email sent on Wednesday, March 20. Attendees who register after this date will receive this email Monday, March 25.


This agenda is subject to change.

Wednesday, March 27

12:30 - 5:00 PM—Committee Meetings

APR's committees are doing the work to set industry standards and overcome challenges for plastics recycling. Although full participation is limited to elected committee members, all Spring Member Meeting registrants are welcome to attend.

12:30 - 2:00 PM
  • Communications & Public Affairs Committee Meeting
    Guest Speaker: Olivia Barker, Circular Action Alliance (CAA)

    Come see how we're supporting quality supply and demand through communication, education, and policy. The Communications & Public Affairs Committee works with APR's media and policy experts to ensure our industry and government understand the value of recycled content and the recycling process in reducing plastic waste. This meeting will include updates on legislative activity, media efforts, and other ongoing projects.

  • PET Technical Committee Meeting

    Learn about APR's latest developments in PET design guidance and testing protocols. Attend this PET Technical Committee Meeting for working group updates on topics such as the impact of PET additives on the recycling process, color reduction in recycled PET, and guidelines for adhesives. The committee will also discuss objectives for a recently formed working group on guidance and recognition for PET packaging innovation, as well as a proposal to create a new working group on PET thermoforms.
2:15 - 3:15 PM: Film Committee Meeting

Come hear about the Film Committee's efforts to boost film recovery and markets. Our working groups are evaluating the impacts of film and flexible packaging components on recycling processes to create evidence-based industry standards for recyclability. Get progress updates on topics such as laminating adhesives, inks, and quantifying the "clean and dry" standard for film recycling. This meeting will also cover design guidance for polypropylene flexible packaging and recommended changes in metal sort guidance.

2:15 - 3:45 PM: Market Development Meeting

The Market Development Committee is meeting to review recycled plastics markets and our efforts to support them. Hear from the MRF Sub-committee and the Chemical Recycling Research Working Group, get updates on the APR Demand Champions and PCR Certification programs, and understand the latest legislative requirements for post-consumer resin content. This committee meeting promises to be an informative look at not only what's happening with PCR markets, but also how APR promotes understanding around market differences and works to level the playing field for post-consumer resin.

3:30 - 5:00 PM: Olefins Technical Committee Meeting
See how the Olefins Technical Committee is advancing technical guidelines for rigid olefin plastics. This meeting will review updates to APR's Recognition Programs and progress on ongoing work streams. Don't miss the discussion on Elutriation, RecyClass Harmonization, and continuous improvement to critical and application guidance.

This committee meeting will also cover tubes—including the market transition from conventional to new recyclable designs—and feature an open conversation on polyolefin contamination reduction. This is your chance to suggest future projects for the Olefins Technical Committee!

5:00 - 6:30PM—Networking Reception

Thursday, March 28

8:00 - 11:30AM—General Session

Steve Alexander
President & CEO
Association of Plastic Recyclers

Plastics Recycling Superstars Recognitions
Pia Baker
Director of Marketing
Association of Plastic Recyclers

How to Scale the Recycling of Flexible Film Packaging: Modeling Pyrolysis' Role in Collection, Quantity and Costs of a Comprehensive Solution
Kate Eagles
Program Director
Association of Plastic Recyclers

A Municipal View on Plastics Recycling
Susan Fife-Ferris
Director, Solid Waste Planning & Program Management
City of Seattle
Seattle Public Utilities
Critical Guidance Program and Design Guide Update
Scott Trenor, Ph.D.
Technical Director
Association of Plastic Recyclers
Sarah Curran
Program Director
APR Design® Guide
Association of Plastic Recyclers
Policy Update and Need to Know Timelines
Kate Bailey
Chief Policy Offer
Association of Plastic Recyclers

Hotel and Travel

The Plastics Recycling Conference and APR Spring Member Meeting both take place at: 

Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center
1500 Gaylord Trail
Grapevine, TX 76051

Our room block at this hotel is sold out. Search local options via our trusted partner aRes Travel or call 1-800-559-3186.

The Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center is located 20 minutes north of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and 35 minutes northwest of Dallas Love Field.

Getting Around Grapevine is Easy

Trinity Metro TEXRail can take you from Terminal B of Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport to Grapevine Main Station. 

Grapevine Visitors Shuttle runs between local hotels and attractions. The Merlot Route, which runs Wednesday–Saturday 11AM - 9PM  and Sunday 11AM - 7PM, stops at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center.

Rental cars, as well as rideshare and taxi options, are also available.

Explore Grapevine's Historic Main Street District and Dining Delights

Visit Grapevine and its quaint Historic Main Street District, home to winery tasting rooms, the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, the Palace Arts Center, live entertainment venues, restaurants, and art galleries. Explore things to do in Grapevine.

For a scrumptious start to the day, visit Main Street Bread Company, home to delicious breakfast entrees and pastries, including the award-winning almond croissant. Open since 1976, the family-owned and operated Tolbert's Restaurant is considered a Grapevine legend and is known for its hearty chili, known as Texas Red, and chicken fried steak. 

For an upscale steakhouse atmosphere, try Dino's Steak and Clawhouse. Willhoite's Restaurant is located in a one-time filling station and serves a delicious buffet, burgers and sandwiches. 

To get your Tex Mex fix, there's Esparzas's Restaurante Mexicano and pizza lovers can choose from Napolis Italian Café and Farina's Winery & Cafe. 

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