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California report sparks debate over PP collection

A government-convened commission of California recycling stakeholders has outlined steps to boost markets and cut contamination. But the group's report also leaves polypropylene off a key initial list of accepted materials, drawing quick pushback from national associations. Read the full article from Plastics Recycling Update. Read the full article...
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PET shrink label products meet recyclability guidelines

The Association of Plastic Recyclers has recognized three shrink label innovations for their compatibility with PET recycling processes. In recent months, APR awarded critical guidance letters acknowledging that Siegwerk's washable inks, CCL Label's floating polyolefin label, and Garware Polyester's crystallizable co-polyester film with washable in...
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For a sustainable future, it's time to get behind the US Plastics Pact

We know changes are coming to the U.S. plastics packaging market. That's obvious to packaging sector experts. And that's the biggest reason for the U.S. plastics industry to support the U.S. Plastics Pact. Read the full article from Plastics News. 

Our top stories from June 2021

APR's evolving positions on chemical recycling, the use of mass balance methodologies for post-consumer plastics, and bottle deposit programs drew clicks last month. Read the full article from Plastics Recycling Update.

Kraton Stock Increased 5.53%: Why It Happened

The stock price of Kraton Corporation – a leading global sustainable producer of specialty polymers and high-value biobased products derived from pine wood pulping co-products – increased by 5.53%. Investors appear to be responding positively to Kraton Corporation receiving Critical Guidance Recognition from the Association of Plastic Recyclers (AP...
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Kraton's CirKular+™ Additives Receive APR Critical Guidance Recognition For HDPE Bottles

Kraton Corporation , a leading global sustainable producer of specialty polymers and high-value biobased products derived from pine wood pulping co-products, is pleased to receive Critical Guidance Recognition from the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) for its CirKular+ Performance Enhancement Series C2000 and C3000 for high-density polyethyle...
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Plastic Pollution – A Quick Look at Leading Organizations

APR was named as one of the leading organizations taking action on plastic pollution. Read the full article from Security and Sustainability Guide.  

Industry Statement: Response to California Commission Omission of Polypropylene from CA Statewide Recyclable List Recommendation to CalRecycle

The following is a joint statement attributable to Steve Alexander, President, and CEO, The Association of Plastic Recyclers; Ron Gonen, CEO, Closed Loop Partners; and Keefe Harrison, CEO, The Recycling Partnership: (July 1, 2021) — "The recent recommendations made by the California Statewide Commission on Curbside Recycling and Market Development ...
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Celebrating sustainability successes in dairy processing

Dairy processors share some recent sustainability projects — and their impressive results.  Food and beverage manufacturers have made great strides during the past couple of decades when it comes to sustainability, and dairy processors are no exception. In fact, many — if not most — dairy processors have set ambitious sustainability goals and ...
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Amcor Flexibles North America installs blown film line at Wisconsin plant

Amcor Flexibles North America (AFNA) has invested in a blown-film production line at its converter film plant in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The seven-layer blown film line will manufacture Amcor's AmPrima PE Plus ultra-clear and heat-resistant films. Last August, Amcor's AmPrima PE Plus solution was formally recognised by the Association of Plastics Recyc...
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Eastman unveils Cristal One recyclable resins for thick-walled, luxury cosmetics packaging

US chemical company Eastman is unveiling Cristal One, a portfolio of Resin Identification Code 1 (RIC1) resins engineered to meet the demands of thick-walled packaging for luxury cosmetics, which can be easily recycled. Read the full article from Packaging Insights.

Amid rising interest in packaging policy, bottle bill changes still struggle to break through

Recycling industry experts, the beverage industry, waste haulers, and redemption center operators have long navigated high tensions and competing interests to address the issues plaguing these state systems meant to do just that – "get every bottle back." Creating and maintaining a well-run container deposit system is a complicated endeavor. Althou...
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Report: Flat recycling rates point to need for investment

A new report from industry groups said the overall plastic bottle recycling rate in the United States dropped slightly to 28.4 percent in 2019, highlighting the need for additional investment in the sector. A June 18 report from the Association of Plastic Recyclers and the American Chemistry Council said that in the aggregate the amount of plastic ...
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APR Press Release: NORTH AMERICAN PLASTIC RECYCLING RATES HIGHLIGHT NEED FOR INVESTMENT IN COLLECTION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

WASHINGTON (June 18, 2021) – North American recyclers continue to recycle the majority of the post-consumer plastic recovered for recycling. Recycling of plastics in North America has risen approximately 8% since 2017. However, the recycling industry faces ongoing challenges, according to a 2019 survey sponsored by the Association of Plastic Recycl...
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Conference programs released for AMI’s plastics industry expos in Cleveland, Ohio

The conference programs have been revealed for the four focused plastics industry expos taking place in Cleveland, Ohio on November 3-4, 2021. The Compounding World, Plastics Extrusion World, Plastics Recycling World and Polymer Testing World Expos will feature five free-to-attend conference theaters with more than 100 speakers across the two days....
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Plastics pact presents a road map to a circular future for packaging

The U.S. Plastics Pact, a network of nearly 100 brands, governments, environmental groups and plastics firms, released its road map for plastic packaging and called for policy changes like extended producer responsibility and deposit systems to collect more material for recycling. The 36-page road map sketches out the big changes it says are needed...
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Data Corner: Quantifying environmental impacts of virgin and recycled resin

In addition to reducing waste, recycling offers significant energy savings and avoidance of greenhouse gas emissions. When comparing mechanically recycled plastic to virgin plastic, recycled PET, HDPE and PP offer a dramatic reduction in carbon emissions and energy production. The graphs in the article are based on data presented in the 2018 Associ...
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As plastics group holds virtual DC fly-in, green issues remain tops

With environmental issues topping its agenda, the Plastics Industry Association returned June 7 for its first executive lobbying day in Washington since the pandemic started. Other plastics groups are also looking to step up their federal advocacy. Leaders of the Association of Plastic Recyclers detailed plans for a stronger role for their sector a...
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Lawmakers make moves on plastics recycling-related bills

Northeast states advanced extended producer responsibility and bottle deposit legislation, but California legislators failed to pass a ban on e-commerce plastic packaging.Get the details on plastics recycling-related legislation in three U.S. states. Read the full article from Plastics Recycling Update.

Aptar Receives APR Critical Guidance Recognition for SimpliCycle

Aptar Food + Beverage, a global leader in elastomeric flow solutions for more than 25 years, has received Critical Guidance Recognition from The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) for its SimpliCycle™ recyclable valve technology. APR Critical Guidance Recognition acknowledges technologies or packaging components that solve long-standing problem...
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