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Summer APR Member Meeting

Summer APR Member Meeting

Registration Rates Increase After Friday, May 24 Wednesday, June 5 – Friday, June 7, 2024Austin Marriott DowntownAustin, Texas  EARLYUntil April 19 STANDARDApril 20 – May 24 LATEMay 25 – June 5 Members $450 $475 $500Non-Members$525$550$575 Registrants receive access to: General Session: Hear the "State o...

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APR Design® Recognition 101: The Seal of Approval for Recyclable Plastic Packaging Design

Is your company investing in sustainable package innovation? Get the credit you deserve, and let the world know, with APR Design® for Recyclability Recognition. Since its inception, the program has reviewed and recognized packaging from more than 120 companies and has led to the mainstream adoption of impactful innovations like pressure sensitive a...

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Ep. 32: Design for Recyclability & the Evolution of the APR Design® Program w/ Rebecca Mick & Ruben Nance

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Recycled Content Host and the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) VP of Communications and Public Affairs, Kara Pochiro, is joined this episode by two fellow APR colleagues, Rebecca Mick, Program Director for Film & Packaging Innovation, and Ruben Nance, APR Program Director responsible for the management and growth of APR's Preferred Design...

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APR Applauds Progress at INC-4 Negotiations on Plastic Pollution

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The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) issued the following statement at the conclusion of the fourth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC-4) on plastic pollution: "APR commends the substantial progress made in Ottawa to reduce plastic pollution through a global instrument. The message remains clear that these UN negotiat...

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Recycling More and Using Less on Earth Day 2024

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The world is in a battle against plastic waste. Alongside reduction and reuse, recycling is a vital strategy for winning that battle. Every year, recycling keeps billions of pounds of plastic out of oceans and landfills. On Earth Day, we remember that when we recycle more, we can all use less - less of the Earth's finite resources and less energy t...

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Press Release: Save the Date for the Biggest Event in the U.S. Covering Municipal Recycling Policy for State and Municipal Officials

Invaluable resources and insights to improve recycling State and local recycling officials, industry stakeholders and sustainability advocates are invited to mark their calendars for the upcoming Resource Recycling Conference (RRC), presented by Resource Recycling, Inc., set to take place November 13-15, 2024 in Louisville, Kentucky. This dynamic e...

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Recyclers Recovered Over Five Billion Pounds of Postconsumer Plastic for Recycling in 2022

New Data Demonstrates Need for Recommitment to Recycling Recyclers recovered just over five billion pounds of post-consumer plastic for recycling in the United States (U.S.) in 2022 with the vast majority staying in North America to be processed and remanufactured into new products, according to new data released today by the Association of Plastic...

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Creating a Path Towards the Future of Plastics Recycling

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Recycling works. It is essential, along with reduction and reuse, in the ever-evolving landscape to create a circular economy. As an international non-profit and the only North American organization focused exclusively on improving recycling for plastics, it has remained the focus of APR's work for over 30 years. We stand at a pivotal moment, where...

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Spring APR Member Meeting

Hundreds of plastic recycling professionals are gathering March 27-28 to continue APR's work of raising the bar for plastics recycling. Taking place on the heels of the Plastics Recycling Conference (March 25-27), this shortened member meeting is an opportunity to network with APR members across the value chain in a smaller, more int...

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Press Release: APR and RecyClass Celebrate a Year of Collaboration to Improve Plastics Packaging Circularity

Commitment to drive global harmonization of Design for Recyclability Guidance The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) and RecyClass celebrate a successful first year of collaborative efforts to accelerate global alignment of Design for Recycling Guidance with the publication of a report detailing accomplishments and key milestones. The APR-RecyC...

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Press Release: APR Report Studies Pyrolysis as Possible Complement to Mechanical Recycling for Plastic Film and Flexible Packaging (FFP)

First-ever modeling of scaled FFP recycling, including design, collection methods and costs The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) released today a comprehensive report that models the potential of pyrolysis technologies, as a complement to mechanical recycling, to recycle FFP back into plastic resins to be remanufactured into new plastic ...

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Press Release: APR Completes Suite of Sorting Potential Test Methods to Improve Design for Recyclability

Lab-scale testing for full scale results The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) recently announced completion of a first of its kind, multi-material 2d3d sorting potential test method, "Evaluation of the 2D/3D Sorting Potential of a Whole Article," developed through supporting funding from the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI). Thi...

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For recycling to truly succeed as a solution to reduce plastic pollution, the UN should focus on six key areas

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The global treaty recognizes the importance of plastics recycling as an essential solution to reduce plastic pollution, but more work is needed to invest in and incentivize the business of recycling so recyclers can outcompete virgin plastic in the marketplace. In a few short weeks, nearly 170 countries and thousands of stakeholders will gather in ...

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Ep 30: Getting ready for the Plastic Recycling Conference w/ Maite Quinn & Steve Alexander

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Ahead of the 2024 Plastic Recycling Conference, Recycled Content is back with a new episode hosted by the Association of Plastic Recycler's (APR) VP of Communications and Public Affairs, Kara Pochiro as she sits down with Steve Alexander, President & CEO of APR, and Maite Quinn, a lead member for Resource Recycling's Plastic Recycling Conferenc...

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APR and USPP Joint Statement

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) and the U.S. Plastics Pact issued the following statement in response to the Center for Climate Integrity's recent report on plastics recycling: "APR and the U.S. Plastics Pact know that recycling works. Recyclers take in post-consumer plastic packaging from every community recycling program across the cou...

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Plastics in AI: Reducing Plastic Waste Through Artificial Intelligence and Digitalization

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From creation to disposal, the plastics industry is ripe for artificial intelligence (AI). The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) upcoming event, "Plastics in AI: Reducing Plastic Waste Through Artificial Intelligence and Digitalization," taking place online Feb. 5-7, 2024, and co-hosted with the Association of Plastics Recyclers, will explore how...

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EP:29 How Recycling Works At KW Plastics With Stephanie Baker

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Host and APR's VP of Communications and Public Affairs, Kara Pochiro, is joined by Stephanie Baker, Director of Market Development for KW Plastics' Recycling Division. Kara and Stephanie discuss how KW got its beginnings from the disposal process for automotive battery casings and has now turned into a closed loop recycling business in Alabama, rev...

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A Polymer Scientist Wrestles — Literally and Figuratively — With the Frustrations of Plastic Packaging

A great new blog post published this week by Dr. Kate Beers, a polymer scientist who leads work on the circular economy for the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), says "Plastics and polymers are an essential part of life, but we can be more thoughtful about how much of them we use and discard." Live...

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APR President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Policy Officer Recognized by Plastics News as Notable Leaders in Sustainability

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APR is pleased to announce that three of our top leaders have received an important industry recognition. Steve Alexander, APR President & CEO; Kate Bailey, APR Chief Policy Officer; and Curt Cozart, APR Chief Operating Officer, were included on Plastics News' inaugural list of Notable Leaders in Sustainability. Plastics News recognizes Steve, ...

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Ep 28:The Year in Review with APR President and CEO Steve Alexander

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APR President & CEO, Steve Alexander, is back on Recycled Content with host Kara Pochiro to discuss and reflect upon 2023. The two give updates on their predictions and resolutions from earlier this year, talk about the current state of the recycling industry, and how APR is a key component of progress made. Steve and Kara break down the recycl...

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