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Yupo Corporation recognized by The Association of Plastic Recyclers

Yupo Corporation has announced that The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has recognized Yupo's white polyolefin in-mold label (IML) substrates for HDPE bottles as meeting or exceeding APR's HDPE-CG-02, Critical Guidance Protocol for HDPE Natural Bottles with Labels and APR's HDPE-A-01, Bottle-to-Bottle Protocol's most strict requirements. Rea...
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New Statewide Education Campaign Aims to Increase Recycling of Plastic Milk Jugs

The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) today launched a public information campaign aimed at increasing awareness of the recyclability of milk jugs made of high density polyethylene (HDPE) or #2 plastic. The "Recycle the Jug" campaign is designed to drive sustainable behavior change across the state by addressing misconceptions to ensure plastic...
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SB 343 Addresses Recycling Symbols

Legislation tightens the requirements around the permissible use of the 'chasing arrows' recycling symbol. October 5, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Senate Bill 343 by Sen. Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica), related to recycling symbols. Read the full article from California Globe.

Move sets up growth for recycling test lab

Plastics Forming Enterprises may have only moved about seven miles away, but the larger new space enables significant growth in service capabilities and capacity, company leaders said in an interview. A provider of plastics recycling testing, validation and design-for-recycling consulting services, PFE recently moved from a 5,000-square-foot facili...
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RecyClass publishes sorting protocol for plastic packaging

RecyClass, a cross-industry initiative working to advance plastic packaging recyclability and traceability in Europe, has unveiled its 'Sorting Evaluation Protocol for Plastic Packaging', which is geared towards companies that would like to analyse how packaging can be sorted after use. The group defines a product as recyclable if it can be collect...
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APackaging Recognized for Infinity Pump

APackaging Group has been recognized by The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) for its patented Infinity Pump. The APR's Design Recognition Program celebrates the best innovations in packaging design by putting products through a four-stage review process. Read the full article from Global Cosmetic Industry.

APR Work Group Develops Recyclable Black Plastic

A cross-industry work group consisting of member companies of the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has successfully developed recyclable black plastic. APR undertook the project approximately three years ago because black plastic often ends in landfills because waste-sorting systems cannot recognize traditional black color pigments. After thr...
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Flint Group Narrow Web Introduces ‘Evolution Series’ of Coating Products for Enhanced Recycling

Flint Group Narrow Web introduces two UV-flexo coating products to improve the recyclability for shrink sleeves and pressure sensitive labels. These coatings are currently available in North America and will soon be available in Europe and other regions. Using different chemistries, the Evolution Deinking Primer, for shrink sleeves, and the Evoluti...
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Plastic circularity success requires money, education, design

Success in creating a circular economy will not happen with a single solution or even two. For Diane Marret, sustainability director for Berry Global Group Inc.'s Consumer Packaging North America division, change requires investment in recycling facilities and expansion to recycled resin access. There also must be more education for both the plasti...
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Sustainable packaging grows in an era of plastic overload

The Association of Plastic Recyclers has created a design guide for package designers to "measure each aspect of a package design against industry-accepted criteria to ensure that it is truly recycling compatible," according to plasticsrecycling.org. Schreiber said companies are using these parameters when designing, especially in the grocery and r...
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APR Statement on California SB 343

The APR supports the intent of SB 343 to improve truth in labeling regarding environmental claims, including those pertaining to recyclability. However, as we have expressed to the authors of the legislation on many occasions, we continue to have strong concerns that language in the bill could interfere with the growth of emerging recycling markets, potentially reducing volumes of material collected, especially for developing markets such as film plastics and polypropylene.

California is back at the center of plastics recycling debate

A bill approved by California legislators has substantial implications for how common plastic packaging items are labeled, and it could have significant recycling implications across the nation in the coming years. In a statement to Plastics Recycling Update, APR President and CEO Steve Alexander said the group "supports the intent of SB 343 to imp...
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Henkel adhesive system recognized by the Association of Plastic Recyclers for recyclability

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has recognized Henkel's Loctite Liofol LA 4220 RE/Loctite Liofol LA 3180 RE for recyclability. This two-component adhesive system for PE film lamination is association's first 100% solids, solvent-free adhesive system for flexible packaging to receive this recognition.   APR's process required that th...
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PFE Undergoes Expansion and Moves Offices to Merrimack, New Hampshire

Plastics Forming Enterprises, a leader in testing, validation and design for recycling consultation for plastic packaging is announcing the relocation of operations to 6 Continental Boulevard, Merrimack, NH 03054. Having tripled the number of employees over the last three years, PFE was in need of a physical expansion of similar scale. At over 13,0...
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California legislature passes high-profile bill to regulate recyclability labels

Following a concurrence vote in the state Senate on Thursday, a major recyclability labeling bill (SB 343) has passed the California legislature. It now heads to Gov. Gavin Newsom for final approval and must be signed into law by Oct. 10.The bill, which would prohibit use of the "chasing arrows" symbol or any other recyclability claim on packaging ...
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California passes legislation designed to address mixed plastic exports

The California legislature has passed AB 881, legislation designed to ensure that only plastics that are actually recycled will count toward California's recycling goals. The bill awaits Gov. Newsom's signature. Kara Pochiro of the APR says, "This is something APR has been asking to have enacted, even prior to 'National Sword.' The counties ha...
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Thompson: Inhance challenges ‘status quo' by rethinking sustainability, products

After a record year of demand, the coronavirus pandemic forced Inhance Technologies to critically look at everything it "normally" did. Houston-based Inhance is a global provider of fluorination barrier and surface technologies for industries such as health care, consumer products and transportation. Read the full article from Plastics News.

Oriflame opts for Albéa Greenleaf 2 tube for oral care relaunch

Swedish beauty group Oriflame has chosen the Greenleaf 2 tube technology from Albéa for the global relaunch of its Optifresh toothpaste line. The Optifresh brand now features five ready-to-be-recycled high-density polyethylene (HDPE) tubes with screw caps that leverage the proprietary technology, which has an even thinner web and up to 20% less vir...
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EPL Limited Partners with Colgate-Palmolive (India) for Recyclable Toothpaste Tubes

EPL Limited (formerly known as Essel Propack Limited), the world's largest specialty packaging company, today announced that they have partnered with Colgate-Palmolive India, one of the largest oral care brands to produce Recyclable Platina Toothpaste Tubes in India. This first set of recyclable tubes is the starting point for converting to 100% re...
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How Husky Multi-Layer technology helps carbonated soft drink manufacturers drive sustainability

Testing with 12oz CSD bottles shows Husky's multi-layer preforms can increase shelf life by up to six weeks, while reducing PET weight by more than 20%, compared to a monolayer package. And the resulting rPET contains only trace amounts of nylon, which is formulated to limit color shift and meet the strict guidelines of the Association of Plastic R...
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