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October APR Member Meeting

October APR Member Meeting
Register and Book Your Hotel Room Join us in Austin, Texas at the Austin Marriott Downtown for our first in-person member meeting since February 2020! We are looking forward to seeing you all in person again. 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 th...
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Industry Statement: Response to California Commission Omission of Polypropylene from CA Statewide Recyclable List Recommendation to CalRecycle

The following is a joint statement attributable to Steve Alexander, President, and CEO, The Association of Plastic Recyclers; Ron Gonen, CEO, Closed Loop Partners; and Keefe Harrison, CEO, The Recycling Partnership: (July 1, 2021) — "The recent recommendations made by the California Statewide Commission on Curbside Recycling and Market Development ...
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What the California Commission’s Recommendations to CalRecycle Could Mean for Polypropylene

What the California Commission’s Recommendations to CalRecycle Could Mean for Polypropylene
Guest blog post by Dylan de Thomas, VP of External Affairs at The Recycling Partnership The California Statewide Commission on Curbside Recycling and Market Development recently published a report to CalRecycle with recommendations regarding a Statewide Standardized Acceptance List of Recyclable Materials (CA Statewide Recyclable List). While we ap...
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[MEMBERS ONLY] APR Website Tour

[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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APR Press Release: NORTH AMERICAN PLASTIC RECYCLING RATES HIGHLIGHT NEED FOR INVESTMENT IN COLLECTION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

APR Press Release: NORTH AMERICAN PLASTIC RECYCLING RATES HIGHLIGHT NEED FOR INVESTMENT IN COLLECTION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
WASHINGTON (June 18, 2021) – North American recyclers continue to recycle the majority of the post-consumer plastic recovered for recycling. Recycling of plastics in North America has risen approximately 8% since 2017. However, the recycling industry faces ongoing challenges, according to a 2019 survey sponsored by the Association of Plastic Recycl...
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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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Podcast: The Recycling Paradigm Shift with Kate Bailey of Eco-Cycle

Our host Steve Alexander is joined this week by Kate Bailey, Policy and Research Director of Eco-Cycle, to discuss her work advocating for a zero waste future, her insights on the packaging crisis, and the challenges she sees for the future of recycling and potential paths forward.  Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, SoundClou...
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What are those numbers on plastic packages? And what do they recycle into?

What are those numbers on plastic packages? And what do they recycle into?
The resin identification codes on packaging tell you what kind of plastic it is. Please remember that you still need to check your local recycling rules to see which types are accepted for recycling in your local area. The resin code is not a "recyclable" symbol. Resin codes also help plastic reclaimers know what is coming into their recycling faci...
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Do you Buy Recycled? Make thoughtful purchases that actually help the planet

Do you Buy Recycled? Make thoughtful purchases that actually help the planet
Did you know that recycling doesn't end at the bin? If you're like most people, you probably already recycle your empty containers at home and on the go. Thank you! Recycling is such an important step to keep valuable materials out of the landfill and in the economy, preventing pollution while creating green jobs. Now it's time to complete the cycl...
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2020: Year in Review

2020: Year in Review
Success Despite Unprecedented Challenges: An Overview of the Past Year at APR For many of us, last year's Plastics Recycling Conference was the final in-person event attended before the onset of COVID-19 and what proved to be a year full of challenges that no one could have predicted. The distribution of vaccines brings us optimism for the end of t...
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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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APR Press Release: APR Announces 2021 Plastics Recycling Educational Webinar Series

Empowering action and communicating the value of recycled plastics. The Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR) today announced the 2021 Plastics Recycling Educational Webinar Series to empower action across the plastics value chain that will contribute to the success of plastics recycling. As The Voice of Plastics Recycling® APR developed this yea...
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Podcast: Post-Consumer Resin (PCR): The Key to a Circular Recycling Economy

Our hosts Steve and Kara are back to discuss the value and benefits of post-consumer resin (PCR), APR's PCR Certification Program, and the importance of distinguishing between "post-consumer" materials and "post-industrial" materials for labeling purposes. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, SoundCloud, or anywhere else you get your...
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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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APR Press Release: APR Recycling Demand Champions Campaign Announces Three Year Impact and Growth During Virtual APR Member Meeting

APR Press Release: APR Recycling Demand Champions Campaign Announces Three Year Impact and Growth During Virtual APR Member Meeting
Accelerating growth in demand for recycled plastics. The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) is pleased to announce that its program designed to expand market demand for recycled plastics has generated more than 175 million pounds of new demand for postconsumer resin (PCR) in its tremendously successful third year. The APR announced the latest p...
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Podcast: The 2021 Plastics Recycling Conference: A Can't-Miss Virtual Event

Steve is joined today by Dan Leif and Tonya Oyala, Resource Recycling's Managing Editor and Sponsor/Exhibitor Manager, respectively. Dan, Tonya, and Steve discuss the upcoming Plastics Recycling Conference, now in its 16th year, which is the focal point for the increasingly complex and international plastics recycling industry. Tune in for more inf...
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Podcast: Plastic Recycling Policy in a New Administration, featuring APR's DC Advocates Liam Donovan and Anna Burhop

We're back and jumping into the deep-end to kick off a new year of podcasting! Liam Donovan and Anna Burhop, members of APR's DC lobbying team at Bracewell's Policy Resolution Group, join your host Steve Alexander to discuss how the 117th Congress' roster will impact recycling policy and how APR can continue to advocate for meaningful, bipartisan s...
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Podcast: A Year in Review: 2020 and Plastic Recycling

2020 has certainly been a challenging year for the plastic recycling industry, but we at APR are proud of our industry's accomplishments this year in the face of the pandemic. Tune in to this Year in Review episode for a dive into all the unique challenges we've tackled this year and what we are looking toward in 2021. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spo...
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Podcast: Paving the Path to a Circular Economy with U.S. Plastics Pact Executive Director Emily Tipaldo

Joining the Recycled Content podcast this week is Emily Tipaldo, Executive Director of the U.S. Plastics Pact. Emily and Steve discuss the Pact's goals for the future of plastic recycling and the circular economy, her experience in the world of plastics, and bringing transparency and accountability into this vital space. Listen on Apple Podcasts, S...
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Podcast: Increasing Demand for Recycled Plastic with APR's Ali Briggs-Ungerer

Today's episode features an excellent interview on the generation of demand for recycled plastic with APR's Director of Market Development, Ali Briggs-Ungerer. This discussion serves as a great primer on the world of plastic recycling and how the circular economy is driven, while also covering APR's Demand Champions campaign and how companies can p...
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