The Association of Plastic Recyclers

The APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability Crash Course

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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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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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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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: 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: 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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The Road to Recyclability

Presented by Berry Global Inc. in partnership with the Association of Plastic Recyclers, we invite you to discover how to design for recyclability by considering material selection, special features, and sortation. View the presentation slides. View the webinar recording.

Get Certified! An Overview of APR's PCR Certification Program

To support and grow the use of postconsumer recycled plastics, APR understands that it is essential that PCR certification be reliable, consistent, and accessible by both producers and users of recycled plastic resins. The APR Postconsumer Resin (PCR) Certification Program is a process to endorse companies that provide third-party certification of ...
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APR's Recycling Demand Champion Campaign: An Update on the Growth and Impact this Campaign has Seen Over the Last 3 Years

APR's Recycling Demand Champion Campaign has seen continuous growth, market impact, and expansion since its launch in October 2018. This webinar will provide an overview of the campaign and highlight two recent developments to expand its reach: Waste Management's commitment to purchase curbside recycling carts made with 10% postconsumer HDPE derive...
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APR Press Release: Record Number of Innovations Recognized During October APR Member Meeting

October 29, 2020 - APR Press Release Record Number of Innovations Recognized During October APR Member Meeting Enhancing the recyclability of products to serve a global industry The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) announced a record number of innovations that have received APR Critical Guidance Recognition (CGR) during the October 2020 Virtu...
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The Future of Plastics Recycling is at Risk: THERE IS A SOLUTION.

The Future of Plastics Recycling is at Risk: THERE IS A SOLUTION.
In 2017 there was a perfect storm for the plastics recycling industry in the United States.  With China's National Sword policy, U.S. recyclers suddenly lost a market for 65% of curbside-collected polypropylene, including nearly all bulky rigids. At the same time, a tsunami of virgin resin hit the marketplace, with over 50 million pounds (260 ...
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Recognizing the True Value of Recycled Plastics is More Important Than Ever

The success of plastic recycling is dependent on consistent demand from brand companies and manufacturers. As brand companies continue to publicly state a wide variety of sustainability commitments that commonly include increased postconsumer resin (PCR) content and design for recyclability, it would seem the two industries could naturally work han...
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APR Press Release: APR Publishes PE Film Critical Guidance and Test Documents

 

August 20, 2020 - APR Press Release

APR Publishes PE Film Critical Guidance and Test Documents

Working with Brand Owners and Recyclers to Achieve Recyclability Goals

A new testing protocol that determines whether film packaging is compatible with the current recycling infrastructure has been developed by the leading plastics recycling authority in North America.

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APR Press Release: Growth of APR’s PCR Certification Program Exceeds Expectations

 

August 7, 2020 - APR Press Release

Growth of APR’s PCR Certification Program Exceeds Expectations

The first industry program to certify postconsumer resin (PCR) for use in packaging has seen much faster acceptance in the marketplace than anticipated, according to the organization that introduced the program in late March.

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Podcast: The True Value of PCR with Greg Janson, CEO of QRS Inc.

Steve chats with Greg Janson, CEO of QRS Inc., a post-consumer plastic processor, to discuss how QRS is functioning in the time of coronavirus, how post-consumer processing works and the American demand for this work, and what it takes to enhance the value of post-consumer resin (PCR). Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, SoundCloud,...
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