The Association of Plastic Recyclers

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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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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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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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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Complete the Cycle of Recycling. Buy Recycled!

Wednesday, April 14 at 2:00 pm ET Presenters: Kara Pochiro - APR VP of Communications & Public Affairs, Lisa Lopinsky - Executive Director of The Foundation for Plastic Recycling and Ali Briggs-Ungerer - APR Director of Market Development Consumers and companies can both contribute to the circular economy and stimulate market demand by purchasi...
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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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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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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: 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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Recyclable vs Recycled: What you need to know; why it matters

Recyclable vs Recycled: What you need to know; why it matters
Reduce, reuse, recycle – we've all heard it a hundred times. This year, the need to reduce what we buy and the value of reusing and repairing what we can has hit home. But everything has an end to its useful life, and that is where recycling comes in. Recycling is a necessary and important part of sustainability that prevents waste and reduces the ...
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The "What, Why & How" of Grocery Rigid Plastic Recycling Webinar

More than ever, businesses are aiming to support sustainability efforts through their products and processes. This webinar from Berry Global Inc. and APR offers an overview of how to collect and recycle "behind the counter" grocery rigid recyclables—typically polypropylene (PP) and high density polyethylene (HDPE) buckets, tubs, pails, pharmacy sto...
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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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APR Press Release: California Governor Signs Mandatory Recycled Content Bill

September 25, 2020 - APR Press Release California Governor Signs Mandatory Recycled Content Bill Nation's first recycled content requirement for plastic beverage containers will increase collection and supply, expand market demand The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) applauds California Governor Gavin Newsom today for signing the United State...
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