August 3, 2020 - Plastics Recycling Update
APR in the News
Groups recognize recyclability of packaging innovations
A roundup of the recent innovations.
The newly elected Board of Directors for The Recycling Partnership brings sustainability and industry knowledge and reach, paired with business expertise to advance the nation toward a circular economy.
Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials has announced that its Clear Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP) film portfolio has been certified to comply with the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) Critical Guidance Protocol for HDPE recycling.
As consumers and brand owners show the ever-increasing priority that sustainability has commanded, label suppliers are working to address this need state and are driving that important change.
As the U.S. EPA updates its lists of recycled-content products purchased by federal agencies, plastics recycling stakeholders are making their voices heard.
The U.S. EPA asked for public feedback on a list of recycled-content products purchased by federal agencies. The request drew 114 responses from a range of recycling stakeholders.
Consumer-product packaging has evolved significantly over the past 25 years, challenging curbside recycling systems.
To drive improvements around materials recovery and unlock a circular economy, the industry needs to wash away the grey areas and clearly address the complexities.
Today, Westfall Technik is announcing a new partnership with Polycarbin—a software enabled biomedical plastic recycling company that has developed a method for diverting single-use scientific plastics from landfills, incinerators and recycling it back into the hands of scientists and clinicians as circular economy products.
Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) has announced that three more of its US domestic still water brands have converted their bottles to 100 percent recycled PET (rPET).
Ring Container Technologies wanted to understand the curbside recyclability of an all-PET container versus its existing polycoated paperboard canister. So it asked recycling programs themselves.
Several recycling industry trade associations will collaborate on a study to try to move the needle on recovery of PET thermoforms.
The nonprofit and others are calling for greater investment to capture and sort #5 plastics, with a new RFP for MRF funding. Booming virgin production may still make this a challenging proposition.
How recyclable a package is depends on its design. And between new innovations in some of these designs and a spike in sheer volumes of these spent products, materials recovery facilities (MRF) are hard pressed to manage what comes into their plants.
Materials Recovery For the Future’s (MRFF) pilot program in Pennsylvania, US, has published a research report demonstrating the successful collection, separation and preparation for the recycling of flexible plastic packaging (FPP).
This innovative line of 100% recyclable PET shrink films allows printed sleeves to recycle with the bottle, keeping plastics out of the landfill and providing the environmental stewardship brand owners require.
The SmartCircle RW85C range is recognized by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), as meeting or exceeding its Critical Guidance testing requirements.