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November APR Member Meeting

Register Now What Happens at an APR Member Meeting? General Sessions occur at the beginning and end of the meetings. APR's President offers a "State of the APR" address and other presentations address topics of broad industry appeal. Committee Meetings occur on Tuesday afternoon and all day Wednesday. Except for the PET Reclaimers Working Group, at...

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June APR Member Meeting

June 7-9, 2022Register Now What Happens at an APR Member Meeting? General Sessions occur at the beginning and end of the meetings. APR's President offers a "State of the APR" address and other presentations address topics of broad industry appeal. Committee Meetings occur on Tuesday afternoon and all day Wednesday. Except for the PET Reclaimers Wor...

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APR Press Release: NORTH AMERICAN PLASTIC RECYCLING VOLUMES HIGHLIGHT NEED FOR IMMEDIATE SOLUTIONS

The 2020 U.S. Post-consumer Plastic Recycling Data Report released today highlights that like most industries, plastics recycling faced significant challenges through the COVID-19 Pandemic. Major disruptions in collection, transportation and staffing shortages, as well as supply chain issues impacted the supply of material available for recycling. ...

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APR reiterates position on degradable additives

Every so often the Association of Plastic Recyclers feels the need to come out with its views on degradable additives. That time has come once again, APR CEO Steve Alexander said, as there's been more talk in the past year or so regarding the use of such additives and their impact on mechanical recycling. Read the full article from Plastics News. R...

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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. APR plays a key role in bringing the circular economy to fruition. Our members represent eve...

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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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APR Press Release: Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) Endorses Governor Hochul’s Recycling Proposal

Extended Produce Responsibility Act could triple recycling rates for residential materials and lower GHG emissions Steve Alexander, President of The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), The Voice of Plastics Recycling®, issued the following statement on New York Governor Kathy Hochul's Executive Budget proposal to enact an extended producer resp...

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March APR Member Meeting

Register Now What Happens at an APR Member Meeting? General Sessions occur at the beginning and end of the meetings. APR's President offers a "State of the APR" address and other presentations address topics of broad industry appeal. Committee Meetings occur on Tuesday afternoon and all day Wednesday. Except for the PET Reclaimers Working Group, at...

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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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APR Launches Global Design Guidance Platform

The go-to reference to design recyclable packaging across the globe The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) today launched the APR Global Design Catalog, a comprehensive resource to access the most current plastic packaging recyclability guidelines for countries and regions around the world. Different countries and regions operate a variety of r...

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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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APR Press Release: APR Announces First Recipients of Meets Preferred Guidance Recognition

Creating a circular economy for recycled plastics The Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR) today announced the first companies to receive Meets Preferred Guidance (MPG) Recognition. Launched in August of this year, the MPG program recognizes materials, components, and complete packages composed of PET, HDPE, PP, and PE film that are considered P...

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APR Press Release: APR Launches Chemical Recycling Research Working Group

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) announced today the formation of a new working group focused on identifying the key steps needed for chemical recycling processes to play an effective role in the recycling of plastic products. The APR Chemical Recycling Research Working Group, announced to APR members last week at the APR annual meeting, ...

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October APR Member Meeting

Register Now What Happens at an APR Member Meeting? General Sessions occur at the beginning and end of the meetings. APR's President offers a "State of the APR" address and other presentations address topics of broad industry appeal. Committee Meetings occur on Tuesday afternoon and all day Wednesday. Except for the PET Reclaimers Working Group, at...

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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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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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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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APR Press Release: APR Announces Meets Preferred Guidance Recognition Program

Creating a circular economy for recycled plastics  The Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR) today announced a new 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 in the Meets...

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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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