The Association of Plastic Recyclers

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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ISRI and APR Release Updated Recycled Plastic Specifications

Updates Reflect Current Market Trading Practices for PP and Mixed Rigid Plastics (November 14, 2023, Washington, D.C.) - The ISRI, "Voice of the Recycled Materials Industry™, and The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) have announced the latest update to the ISRI Specifications and APR Model Bale Specifications to include updated recycled p...

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Spotlight on Recycling in Policy: A Look Back at 2023 and Emerging Initiatives

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Plastic pollution continued to be top of mind for policymakers across the US and around the world in 2023. This webinar will cover the latest in state, federal, and global policy initiatives, including the United Nations negotiations to end plastic pollution, US federal legislation and federal agency initiatives to improve recycling and reduce plas...

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A New Model for Plastics Circularity - The Full Recycling Process Under One Roof at Firststar Fiber

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Host and APR's VP of Communications and Public Affairs, Kara Pochiro, is joined by Dale Gubbels, the 2023 Advocacy Champion Award recipient and CEO of Firstar Fiber. Dale and Kara break down Dale's early days of recycling and how Firstar Fiber has evolved into one of the largest materials recycling facilities (MRFs) in the Midwest. They decode Firs...

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Package Design for Recyclability – A Deep Dive into PET Plastics

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On this week's episode, APR's VP of Communications and Public Affairs, Kara Pochiro, is joined by Curt Cozart, Chief Operating Officer of APR and lead of the APR Design® Guide Training Program and other technical projects. Kara and Curt continue the conversation on package design from the last episode, diving into the world of PET, a plastic often ...

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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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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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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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Plastics Recycling Conference 2023

The Plastics Recycling Conference is taking place March 6-8, 2023 at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort & Convention Center, located on the banks of the Potomac in National Harbor, Md. The Plastics Recycling Conference is the largest North American gathering of plastics recycling and sustainability professionals, annually bringin...

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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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What’s in store for state recycling policy in 2023?

On Jan. 24, 2023, Waste Dive hosted a panel discussion with four recycling policy experts, including Kate Bailey, chief policy officer for the APR, to learn more about upcoming trends and lessons learned from past years. Read the full article from Waste Dive.

Reflections on Progress, Development, and Meeting the Challenges Facing the Plastics Recycling Industry in 2022

As in years past, 2022 saw significant developments, progress, and challenges for plastic packaging and the plastics recycling industry. Supply issues, legislative and regulatory proposals, negative media, as well as other areas of concern all combined to require greater levels of APR engagement and expertise. Policy, APR Design® for Recyclability,...

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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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The Truth About Polypropylene Recycling with Denton Plastics

On this episode of Recycled Content, we sit down with APR board member Nicole Janssen, President of Denton Plastics, to discuss all things polypropylene. Host Kara Pochiro and Nicole set the record straight on polypropylene and debunk recent reports that cast doubt about its recyclability. Tune in to hear about how polypropylene is now one of the f...

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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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APR Press Release: New Association of Plastic Recyclers State-of-the-Industry Report Shows Strength of US Plastic Recycling

Report Outlines Policy Priorities to Further Support and Grow Recycling Washington, DC – The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), The Voice of Plastic Recycling®, issued a report today that provides a data-driven update on the progress of plastic recycling in the United States showing that it is a viable, accessible and scalable solution for red...

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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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The truth about plastics recycling

I recently read the report on plastics recycling rates by The Last Beach Cleanup and Beyond Plastics and, like many of you, it certainly was not good for my blood pressure.The pitiful white flag of surrender raised by the reports' authors certainly does not speak for the tens of thousands of Americans employed by our industry who, amidst a global p...

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APR Press Release: APR Publishes Updated PE Film Guidance Documents

Working with Brand Owners and Recyclers to Achieve Recyclability Goals Two testing protocols that determine whether film packaging is compatible with the current recycling infrastructure, along with an additional resource, have been updated and published by the leading plastics recycling authority in North America. The Association of Plastic Recycl...

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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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