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Revolution acquires Five Points Films

Revolution, a Little Rock, Arkansas-based manufacturer focused on processing recycled resin, has acquired Five Points Films, which is a regional manufacturer of cast hand and machine stretch film for commercial customers.  With the Five Points acquisition, Revolution plans to expand its presence and apply its circular approach to the stretch f...
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Investing in rPET Infrastructure to Meet 2025 Goals

PET is the largest rigid packaging plastic by volume in the United States. It is also the most recycled plastic in the US. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides 2019 recycle rate of ~28% for PET that follows aluminum packaging (all formats) at 35% and glass packaging at 31%. The strong commitment to increased recycled PET (rPET) con...
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CSI’s Twist & Flip® Tethered Closure Design Helps Consumers “Keep the Cap On”

Closure Systems International Inc. (CSI) reveals a new tethered closure design that helps keep plastics in the economy and out of the environment. "As an active member of the U.S. Plastics Pact, Sustainable Packaging Coalition, and The Association of Plastic Recyclers, we are collaborating within our industry, our communities, and with our customer...
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'Elephant in the room' for US Plastics Pact: What is a ‘problematic' package?

Right now, the U.S. Plastics Pact is the most concrete thing happening in the business world to make plastics more circular. Launched last year, it has set some aggressive 2025 goals. Later this year, it will release a list of plastic packaging it considers "problematic or unnecessary" and that its member companies should stop using. That list is b...
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Aptar Food + Beverage Announces Launch of its SimpliCycle Valve Technology in Kraft Heinz Packaging

Aptar Food + Beverage announces its recyclable SimpliCycle™ valve will be launched within new Kraft Heinz Ketchup packaging. In addition to Heinz Ketchup, other Kraft Heinz brands including Heinz Mustard, Heinz Mashups, and Heinz BBQ Sauce, will convert to the SimpliCycle valve by the end of the year. Testing was coordinated and administered by bot...
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Brand commitments contributing to higher recycled HDPE prices

The recent run of strong pricing, especially for HDPE natural, has caught recyclers' attention. At least one expert believes market dynamics have decoupled recycled resin and virgin prices.The price escalation is tied to booming recycled HDPE demand, especially for HDPE natural, which "always is in great demand," said Steve Alexander, president and...
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$4.2M in Grants Awarded to Improve Polypropylene Curbside Recycling

The Recycling Partnership today announced a third round of grant funding through its Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, distributing an additional $1.8 million in catalytic grants to advance polypropylene recycling and reduce plastic waste in the U.S. Launched just one year ago, the Coalition has awarded grants that will improve curbside polypropyl...
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MPG programme gives mileage to recyclability claims

A trade group representing plastics recyclers is creating a new recognition program for packaging developers that meet guidelines for recyclability. Dubbed the "Meets Preferred Guidance Review Program," the new offering from the Association of Plastic Recyclers "encourages companies that manufacture packaging materials and components, as well as fi...
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Commentary: Addressing plastics in the circular economy

For manufacturers, the circular economy can reduce certain costs. For example, in 2020 the Washington-based Association of Plastic Recyclers released a study comparing energy profiles of the environmental burden of virgin resin versus recycled resin. From the study, comparing just the expended energies of recycled polyethylene terephthalate, high-d...
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APR Press Release: APR Announces Meets Preferred Guidance Recognition Program

Creating a circular economy for recycled plastics  The Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR) today announced a new program to recognize companies that develop packaging that meet the "APR Preferred" category according to APR's definition of recyclability outlined in the APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability. Participation in the Meets...
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FLEXcon seeks to educate customers on sustainability

Sustainability continues to be one of the key drivers for companies throughout the supply chain. From suppliers to brands, most companies are striving to operate in a more environmentally-friendly way. In fact, many leading label and package printing companies have set lofty goals for sustainability in an effort to protect the environment and help ...
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Sticking With Sustainability: The Rise of Sustainable Label Media

Sustainability is a continued discussion in all print segments, including labels. Sustainable label media options are available—from facestock and adhesive to the liner—that can be optimized for digital printing. When it comes to label media, what does sustainability mean? Features that come to mind include water dissolvable, biodegradable, recycla...
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Industry Leaders Help Establish Groundbreaking Framework to Evolve Packaging Recyclability

The Recycling Partnership announced that it will open its Pathway to Circularity Recyclability Framework for public comment, a first of its kind opportunity for the entire recycling value chain and other stakeholders to shape the future of recyclability. The Framework, developed in collaboration with 35 industry leaders spanning the packaging value...
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AWT Labels & Packaging Joins The Association of Plastic Recyclers

AWT Labels & Packaging, an industry leader in labels and flexible packaging printing and converting solutions with headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has joined the Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR).  AWT prints and converts a significant amount of synthetic film materials for pressure-sensitive labels, as well as the printing o...
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Polyplastics' Topas COC Earns APR Recognition for Recyclability with PE Films

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), Farmington Hills, Mich., has granted Critical Guidance Recognition to Polyplastics USA for flexible multilayered film for stand-up pouches with 15.5% or less Topas cyclic olefin copolymer (COC), including grades Topas 9506F-500, 8007F-600, 7010F-600 and 6013F-04. The APR recognition demonstrates that Poly...
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Cascade’s Closed Loop Story Around Recycling Carts

After China's crackdown on plastic exports, Cascade Cart Solutions saw a spike in the already high volumes of these materials at domestic recycling facilities. This sparked the manufacturer and supplier of recycling containers to find ways to use more material in the U.S. and create pull through demand markets. EcoCarts launched in 2020 with one la...
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Active market

After a period of stagnation, there has been a swarm of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity recently, as the post-Covid landscape offers those with strong balance sheets new opportunities to invest and acquire. Issues concerning recycling and waste management are rarely far from the headlines, and last month was no exception. The North Americ...
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Plastics Recycling: APR weighs in on a potential solution

What are the potential solutions for the recycling of plastic beverage containers? In this episode of Closing the Loop, Return-It President & CEO Allen Langdon speaks with Steve Alexander. They discuss APR's position paper on deposit collection programs for beverage containers, chemical recycling, US deposit programs and more. Listen to the&nbs...
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The Recycling Partnership Announces Results of Annual Board Election

The newly-elected Board Directors of The Recycling Partnership bring unmatched sustainability and industry knowledge, and business expertise to help lead The Partnership's work to transform the U.S. recycling system and activate a circular economy for packaging. The Partnership is the lead organization in the country that engages the full recycling...
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Nutrients secured

Increasingly, consumers desire information about the health, safety, environmental and socioeconomic characteristics of food products. These traits often cannot be detected by sight, smell, or taste – so consumers must use food labels to select products that meet their needs and preferences. Read the full article from Labels and Labeling.

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