The Association of Plastic Recyclers

Is Your Packaging Circular by Design? APR is Your Connection to the Circular Economy.

As the Voice of Plastics Recycling®, the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) envisions a world with a circular economy for plastic goods - a world in which companies manufacture recyclable products and consumers buy products made from recycled materials. The APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability helps companies ensure their packaging is r...

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The Truth About Polypropylene Recycling with Denton Plastics

On this episode of Recycled Content, we sit down with APR board member Nicole Janssen, President of Denton Plastics, to discuss all things polypropylene. Host Kara Pochiro and Nicole set the record straight on polypropylene and debunk recent reports that cast doubt about its recyclability. Tune in to hear about how polypropylene is now one of the f...

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FACTS about Fires at Material Recovery Facilities

The claim that fires at recycling facilities are caused by polyethylene terephthalate plastic (PET) bottles or that these bottles are "part of a growing problem of toxic fires" [story: "Why plastic is catching fire at recycling plants"] is false. Among other inaccuracies, the title of the article is false. To the extent that fires occur, they take ...

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The Truth on Recycling

This blog post is authored by Keefe Harrison, CEO of The Recycling Partnership and reposted with permission. The original post can be read here. Frustrated that recycling isn't fixing the world's waste problem? Here's the truth: as it's built now, it never will. If we think we can just keep making and buying whatever we want without any planning fo...

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The truth about plastics recycling

I recently read the report on plastics recycling rates by The Last Beach Cleanup and Beyond Plastics and, like many of you, it certainly was not good for my blood pressure.The pitiful white flag of surrender raised by the reports' authors certainly does not speak for the tens of thousands of Americans employed by our industry who, amidst a global p...

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Circular by Design: Meeting Demand for Recycled Content by Helping Companies Design for Recyclability

As the Voice of Plastics Recycling®, the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) envisions a world with a circular economy for plastic goods - a world in which companies manufacture recyclable products and consumers buy products made from recycled materials. An effective recycling chain is of paramount importance in achieving climate and economic su...

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APR Statement on the Effects of Degradable Additives on Plastics Recycling

Steve Alexander, President & CEO of the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), issued the following statement regarding the effects of degradable additives on mechanical recycling of postconsumer plastics: Claims regarding the recyclability of degradable additives are unfounded, untested, and possibly misleading as outlined by the U.S. Federal...

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Podcast: Takeaways from the 2022 Plastics Recycling Conference with Dan Leif of Resource Recycling, Inc.

APR was glad to be back, and in person, for the 2022 Plastics Recycling Conference. The event brought together a record number of industry decision-makers to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing the industry. In this episode of Recycled Content, we are joined by Dan Leif, the managing editor at the Resource Recycling, Inc. Tune in for a l...

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Progress and Success Despite Ongoing Challenges: An Overview of the Past Year at APR

2021 saw both positive developments and continued challenges for plastic recycling. Design and supply hurdles; legislative and regulatory proposals; transportation and hiring issues along with increased state legislative activities all combined to require even greater levels of engagement from APR's expert staff. Thanks to the continued support of ...

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Find us at the Plastics Recycling Conference!

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We're a week away from the most important gathering of the plastics recycling industry – will we see you there?  The Plastics Recycling Conference is the largest North American gathering of plastics recycling and sustainability professionals, annually bringing together more than 2,000 industry decision-makers. This conference tackles the most ...

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Podcast: The Problematic and Unnecessary Materials List with Emily Tipaldo of U.S. Plastics Pact

On January 25th the U.S. Plastics Pact released its Problematic and Unnecessary Materials List as a first step in accelerating progress toward a circular economy for plastic packaging in the United States. On this episode of Recycled Content, hosts Steve Alexander and Kara Pochiro went straight to the heart of the matter with Emily Tipaldo, Executi...

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APR Supports US Plastics Pact’s List of Problematic and Unnecessary Packaging

The US Plastics Pact's list identifying problematic and unnecessary materials is the result of more than 18 months of expansive discussion, research and debate among the more than 100 companies and organizations that are Pact Activators, some who have also voluntarily signed on to meet the goals of the Global Plastic Commitment outlined by the Elle...

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Reigning Demand Champions are growing the domestic circular economy.

The APR Recycling Demand Champions Program plays a prominent role to strengthen domestic demand for residential mixed plastics, mitigate reliance on export markets, and enable the growth of the circular economy. APR is thrilled to welcome 28 companies back for program year 2021. By recommitting to the APR Recycling Demand Champions progra...

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APR Comments on U.S. Senate EPW Circular Economy Hearing

The Hon. Tom CarperChairSenate Environment and Public Works Committee2410 Dirksen Senate Office BuildingWashington, DC 20510 Dear Chair Carper: The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), the international trade organization that serves as the Voice of Plastics Recycling®, appreciates the opportunity to provide comments to supplement the record of ...

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APR Statement on California SB 343

Steve Alexander, President & CEO of the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), The Voice of Plastics Recycling, issued the following statement regarding passage by the California legislature of SB 343 "Environmental Advertising: Recycling Symbol: Recyclability: Products and Packaging": The APR supports the intent of SB 343 to improve truth in ...

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Podcast: The Reality of Recycling with Kate Davenport of Eureka Recycling

Our host Steve Alexander is joined this week by Kate Davenport, Co-President of Eureka Recycling, to discuss Eureka's work and mission of demonstrating that waste is completely preventable, not inevitable, challenges that materials recovery facilities are facing, and the future of recycling. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Sound...

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What the California Commission’s Recommendations to CalRecycle Could Mean for Polypropylene

Guest blog post by Dylan de Thomas, VP of External Affairs at The Recycling Partnership The California Statewide Commission on Curbside Recycling and Market Development recently published a report to CalRecycle with recommendations regarding a Statewide Standardized Acceptance List of Recyclable Materials (CA Statewide Recyclable List). While we ap...

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Podcast: The Recycling Paradigm Shift with Kate Bailey of Eco-Cycle

Our host Steve Alexander is joined this week by Kate Bailey, Policy and Research Director of Eco-Cycle, to discuss her work advocating for a zero waste future, her insights on the packaging crisis, and the challenges she sees for the future of recycling and potential paths forward.  Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, SoundClou...

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What are those numbers on plastic packages? And what do they recycle into?

The resin identification codes on packaging tell you what kind of plastic it is. Please remember that you still need to check your local recycling rules to see which types are accepted for recycling in your local area. The resin code is not a "recyclable" symbol. Resin codes also help plastic reclaimers know what is coming into their recycling faci...

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Do you Buy Recycled? Make thoughtful purchases that actually help the planet

Did you know that recycling doesn't end at the bin? If you're like most people, you probably already recycle your empty containers at home and on the go. Thank you! Recycling is such an important step to keep valuable materials out of the landfill and in the economy, preventing pollution while creating green jobs. Now it's time to complete the cycl...

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