The Association of Plastic Recyclers

June 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 mostly happen on the middle day. All attendees may participate in any committee meetings they cho...

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APR Represents Recyclers at the UN Environment Program

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APR is pleased to be participating in the Second Session of the UN Environment Programme Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Plastic Pollution (INC-2) on May 29 - June 2, 2023 in Paris, France as an accredited organization. INC-2 is intended to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine ...

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Hundreds comment on Green Guides updates

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requested comments on its revisions to the Green Guides and got 850 responses, with many calling for a crackdown on deceptive claims and better definitions of key terms. FTC is looking to update those guides and asked for public and stakeholder comments by April 24. Several large organizations submitted comments, ...

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Earth Day 2023: Recycling and the Circular Economy

The recycling supply chain may be complex but the mission is simple - conserve the Earth's resources and reduce waste. With APR programs and guidance, companies can make recyclable products, collect and process those products, and make new products from recycled materials. by Steve Alexander On Earth Day, just like every day, APR is the "Voice of P...

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Common Misconceptions that Obstruct Plastics Recycling Efforts

Fighting misinformation with accurate data "Lots of reports come out that aren't always grounded in the best data," Emily Friedman, Recycled Plastics Senior Editor at ICIS added. "We have the correct, verified, accurate data to refute these reports. The best way to combat misinformation is with true data. I've seen great work from organizations lik...

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APR Press Release: APR Announces Plastics Recycling Educational Webinars

Communicating the Facts About Plastics Recycling The Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR) today announced a series of educational webinars to empower action across the plastics value chain that will contribute to the success of plastics recycling. As The Voice of Plastics Recycling®, APR works to counteract the rising tide of misinformation and ...

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Plastic recycling volumes increase in 2021

Plastic recycling volumes in the U.S. increased by 280.3 million pounds in 2021 compared with the previous year, with recyclers acquiring more than 5 billion pounds of postconsumer plastic for recycling, according to the "2021 U.S. Post-consumer Plastic Recycling Data Report." The report, prepared by Stina Inc., Sonoma, California, based on surveys...

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APR Press Release: APR Continues Expansion of Meets Preferred Guidance Program

Labels, inks, closures, base resins for PET and HDPE packaging now eligible for recognition The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) recently announced new packaging components eligible for the Meets Preferred Guidance (MPG) Program, which recognizes products that are considered Preferred according to the APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclabil...

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Plastics Pact leader says design changes needed to improve flexible packaging recyclability

The Pact has offered guidance, which was published internally for our members and are going to be publishing externally later this summer. For recyclability, we adhere to the Association of Plastic Recyclers' design guidelines and have built on that a bit to add some additional guidance for flexibles, because there's such variability in the U.S. ma...

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Improving Recycling in a Comprehensive Way: The Positives Behind PCR, Recycled Content Requirements, and EPR

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This week on the pod, APR's VP of Communications and Public Affairs Kara Pochiro is joined by not one but two Kates- APR's Chief Policy Officer Kate Bailey and APR's Program Director Kate Eagles. Kara sits down with both Kates to discuss their recent APR blog post highlighting the importance of post-consumer resin (PCR) as an integral part in reduc...

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Leaders from Across Sectors Gather to Close the Loop on Plastic Pollution in the U.S.

Leaders from the private sector, NGOs including the APR's Chief Policy Officer, Kate Bailey, and local, state, and federal governments gathered in Washington, DC to outline a plan of action for tackling plastic pollution in the United States."The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) is pleased to participate in this meeting and stand among nation...

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Plastics recycling must do better by consumers to succeed, professor says

Steve Alexander is the CEO of the Association of Plastic Recyclers, which organizes the annual conference through its Resource Recycling subsidiary. "I think we have a tendency to make plastics recycling more complicated than it needs to be," Alexander said. The plastics industry loves to point to lower greenhouse gas emissions when compared with o...

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How Wide-Spec Plastic Leads to Less Circularity and More Waste

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Manufacturers of plastic products are ditching recycled plastic for cheaper virgin plastic that is being dumped on the market, destroying circularity. Guest blog post by Greg Janson, President and CEO of Granite Peak Plastics, Co-Chair of the APR Market Development Committee and Chemical Recycling Research Working Group Plastic recycling is a busin...

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Recycled plastic content requirements are here and more are coming soon. Here’s what you need to know.

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  "As of early 2023, four states have passed laws requiring post-consumer recycled content in plastic packaging; several more states have proposed laws to date this year, and there are broad-scale proposals actively under development in Canada and the European Union." Using post-consumer resin (PCR) content in plastic packaging is one of the m...

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US sees recycling as key part of global plastics deal

During the Plastics Recycling Conference, which Resource Recycling hosted in partnership with its parent company, the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), in National Harbor, Maryland, in early March, Monica Medina, assistant secretary for oceans and international environmental and scientific affairs for the U.S. Department of State, shared her ...

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Achieving Sustainability: Q&A with Sun Chemical’s Dr. Nikola Juhasz

How does Sun Chemical support customers' efforts to improve recyclability? We are active participants in several global cross-industry organizations, such as the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) and Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC), which are focused on the future of packaging from a sustainable and recyclable design perspective. Members...

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Plastics recyclers examine influence of secondary sortation, legislation and flexible packaging on PCR markets

Attendees at the Plastics Recycling Conference delved into detailed discussions on the future of investments for secondary sortation, the importance of PCR market stability, collaborations in film recycling and more. Steve Alexander, president and CEO of the Association of Plastic Recyclers, said brands need to adopt a more circular philosophy...

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March APR Member Meeting

Register Now What Happens at an APR Member Meeting? General Sessions occur at the end of this meeting. APR's President offers a "State of the APR" address and other presentations address topics of broad industry appeal. Committee Meetings take place on the first day. All attendees may participate in any committee meetings they choose, with occasion...

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Thousands come together to discuss state of the sector

The 2023 Plastics Recycling Conference is happening as a variety of factors continue to bring unprecedented attention to the business of plastics sustainability. Among those is a drumbeat of bills in state legislatures that shift responsibility for recycling management and funding, increase regulations on the recycling and packaging industries, and...

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Podcast: Plastic Recycling Conference Predictions with Dan Leif

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As we get ready for this year's Plastics Recycling Conference, a gathering of over 2000 power players in plastics and recycling industries, the Recycled Content team welcomes back Dan Leif, managing editor at Resource Recycling, Inc.  Host Kara Pochiro and Dan discuss hot topics in plastics recycling that will be covered at the conference, inc...

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