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Circular by Design™: The APR Design® Guide and the APR PCR Certification Program

View the recording View the slides In a circular economy, consumer product companies are their own material suppliers. When products are Circular by Design™ they are designed to be compatible with the recycling system, reduce contamination, and enhance the steam of postconsumer resin (PCR) available to manufacture into new products. PCR markets are...

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The Real Truth About Plastics Recycling: A Focus on Progress, Facts and Data to Show Plastics Recycling Works

View the recording View the slides Recycling works. As the Voice of Plastics Recycling® we see it happening every day. Let's focus on progress, and what we can do to improve the system. We need to create more supply of postconsumer plastic material and focus on the facts. In 2020, during a global pandemic, almost 5 billion pounds of plastics packag...

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Label Design to Meet 2025 Sustainability Goals

View the recording View the slides Presented by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), Tag & Label Manufacturers Institute (TLMI), and U.S. Plastics Pact Labels are more than meets the eye. The design of your label can make or break the recyclability of your package and even affect the quality of post-consumer content (PCR). To meet the de...

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Plastics Recycling in the US: Quality, Availability and Future Prospects

Wednesday, March 23rd / 11am ETWebinar by Material ConneXion While the widely recognized recycling icon ♻ is found on everything - quarts of motor oil to colorful children's toys, and drink bottles to single use utensils - it's become almost invisible. Depending on where we live, we might put items in a blue bin for collection, take them to a local...

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2022 Webinar Series Coming Soon!

APR will soon release the schedule and topics for our 2022 webinar series. This year's webinars will cover how to ensure your packages are circular by design (in North America and abroad), demystifying common myths and misconceptions about recycling and recycled content, what you need to know to take action on urgent policy topics, and more. S...

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[MEMBERS ONLY] Overview of California SB 343 Environmental advertising: recycling symbol: recyclability: products and packaging

Log in to access the recording and slidesThis webinar is exclusively provided for APR members.Wednesday, November 11 at 2:00 pm ETPresenters: Steve Alexander, APR President & CEOKate Eagles, APR Program DirectorBruce Magnani, Vice President of Houston Magnani and AssociatesRoxanne Spiekerman, Vice President Business Development at PreZero US AP...

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The APR Meets Preferred Guidance Recognition Program: Creating a circular economy for recycled plastics

The Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR) recently announced the Meets Preferred Guidance (MPG) Review Program to recognize companies that develop packaging that meet the "APR Preferred" category according to APR's definition of recyclability outlined in the APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability. Participation encourages companies that man...

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[MEMBERS ONLY] APR Website Tour

Log in to access the recording and slides Wednesday, June 30 at 2:00 pm ETPresenters: Megan Byers - APR Project Manager, Communications and Research and Jill Smith - APR Director of Member Services The APR recently launched a new website with a wide variety of enhanced features including a new membership platform, expanded members only resources, a...

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Plastics Recycling Legislative Update

Wednesday, June 16 at 2:00 pm ET Presenters: Kara Pochiro - APR VP of Communications & Public Affairs; Colin Staub, Senior Reporter Resource Recycling, Plastics Recycling Update, E-Scrap News; and Anna Burhop, Principal, APR's Government Relations Team with the Policy Resolution Group at Bracewell LLP The Biden Administration considers climate ...

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The APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability Crash Course

Wednesday, May 19 at 2:00 pm ET Presenters: Steve Alexander - APR President & CEO, Sandi Childs - APR's Films and Flexibles Program Director and Curt Cozart - President of Common Sense Solutions The APR firmly believes that companies want to design packaging that is recyclable and sustainable. The APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability he...

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Complete the Cycle of Recycling. Buy Recycled!

Wednesday, April 14 at 2:00 pm ET Presenters: Kara Pochiro - APR VP of Communications & Public Affairs, Lisa Lopinsky - Executive Director of The Foundation for Plastic Recycling and Ali Briggs-Ungerer - APR Director of Market Development Consumers and companies can both contribute to the circular economy and stimulate market demand by purchasi...

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The Value of Postconsumer Resin (PCR) and The APR PCR Certification Program

Wednesday, March 31 at 2:00 pm ET Presenters: Steve Alexander - APR President & CEO and Ali Briggs-Ungerer – APR Director of Market Development Postconsumer Resin (PCR) markets are essential to the success of plastics recycling. This valuable material is the key ingredient to circularity, and also allows consumer brand companies, both to serve ...

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Post-Consumer Recycled Content: The Key to Sustainable Plastic Packaging

This webinar is hosted by Walmart as a follow-up to Walmart's 2020 Sustainable Packaging Innovation Summit. Please join us for a deep dive and Q&A on the applications for using recycled content and creating sustainability for plastic packaging. Presenters: Steve Alexander, Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR)Kara Pochiro, Association of Plast...

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Recycling Plastic Dairy Packages

This webinar is hosted by the California Milk Advisory Board. Dairy products are frequently packaged in plastic tubs or containers, which have small recycling numbers. These numbers – from #1 to #7 – are confusing to the public and not well explained. The CMAB has partnered with the APR to clarify the meaning behind plastic recycling information. P...

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Multiple Loop Recycling: What are the challenges?

Hosted by Petcore Europe, featuring APR's John Standish  As rPET quantities and usage rates in containers increase, questions arise regarding the impact and the sustainability a system that reuses several times the same material. How much of the material sees several loops? What did we learn over the last years? How will the PET loop behave in...

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What You Need to Know about the New AASHTO Specification 294R - Recycled Content in Drainage Pipes

AASHTO has adopted a new specification that allows plastic pipe products to contain post-consumer recycled content and meet rigorous 100 year life span requirements. This webinar will provide you the background and insights you need to be sure you are using the latest drainage pipes while benefiting your state's recycling programs.  Webinar re...

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Non-Bottle Containers: Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Presenters: Liz Bedard, APR Rigid Plastics Recycling Director; Lou Perez, Director of MRF Operations of Eco-Cycle / Boulder County Recycling Center; and Jill Holbert, Associate Director of the Solid Waste Management Department for the City of Albuquerque Click here for PDF of webinar Click here for recording on APR's Vimeo channel Click here for re...

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APR Design for Recyclability Guidelines: An Executive Summary

September 19, 2013 As one of its core missions, APR has always sought to provide packaging designers with specific information to allow for informed decisions. For the past 14 years, the APR Recyclability Guidelines, which are based on actual industry experience, have provided that guidance to industry. These guidelines describe how a package desig...

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