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November 10, 2020 - Packaging World

November 10, 2020 - Packaging World APR in the News Packaging Recyclability and Flexible Packaging

The Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR) wants to ensure the health and economic success of the plastics recycling industry by providing critical guidance. The challenges of flexible packaging are pushing new innovations.

November 10, 2020 - Packaging World APR in the News Packaging Recyclability and Flexible Packaging

Sandi Childs, Director of Film and Flexible Programs at APR, spoke at today's Innovation Stage presentation and said, "The entire supply chain has to work together to increase the supply of plastics available to be recycled, enhance the quality of the material that's expected to go back into the marketplace, and ensure that there's adequate demand for products made from recycled plastics."

Recyclability is more than just resin numbers, and includes factors such as the polymer, the closure, the label, any inks that are directly printed, barrier layers, or other materials incorporated for product protection. Said Childs, "All of these features can interact with each other and can combine with the polymer to have a fairly significant effect on the recycling process."

Read the full article from Packaging World.

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