The Association of Plastic Recyclers

Informing the Public and Educating Students on Plastic Recycling

By educating the public and industry on plastic recycling, current recycling programs can be used more efficiently, and new programs can be created. Education material on plastic recycling is available through professional and industry associations, foundations with an environmental focus, university courses, and short courses offered with private ...
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Dow receives Critical Guidance Recognition from Association of Plastic Recyclers for three products meeting recyclability protocols

APR's Design® Recognition Program credits ROBOND™ Adhesives, OPULUX™ Optical Finishes and SURLYN™ Ionomers for meeting strict protocols for PE film and flexible packaging innovations.  Dow announces it has earned multiple Critical Guidance Recognitions for recyclability from the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), in three product categori...
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Updated guidance for PE film from APR to help close the loop on packaging

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has updated and improved the APR Design Guide for Plastics Recyclability for PE Film Packaging. Developed over the past year by a working group of APR's Film Reclamation Committee, the updated guidance reflects the consensus of a diverse group of stakeholders including film recyclers, converters and brands...
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APR Press Release: APR Announces New Design Guidance for PE Film Packaging

Closing the loop between package designers and plastic recyclers The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) today announced an updated and improved version of the APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability for PE Film Packaging. Developed over the past year by a working group of APR's Film Reclamation Committee, the updated guidance reflects the ...
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SHAPE360® TDS: A Sustainable and Versatile Labeling Choice Designed for Today’s Commercial Sorting and Recycling Systems

Taghleef Industries announces the launch of SHAPE360® shrink films range, featuring a new and updated SHAPE360® TDS, the leading-edge solution for TD shrink sleeve labels. Sustainable, versatile, and highly appealing – SHAPE360® TDS is a high TD shrink clear label film that improves PET bottle recycling quality and efficiency by ensuring the separa...
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BOPP labels from UPM Raflatac recognized by APR

A top-coated PP with proprietary wash-off adhesive leads to a cleaner PET recycling stream that enables improved recycling of PET bottles and containers.  UPM Raflatac recently received the APR (Association of Plastic Recyclers) recognition with printed PP labels in the PET recycling process with UV Flexo inks and varnish. Read the full articl...
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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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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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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

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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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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