The Association of Plastic Recyclers

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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Podcast: Plastic Circularity with Plastics News Editor Don Loepp

APR President Steve Alexander is joined this week by Don Loepp, Editor of Plastics News and Editorial Director with the Crain Polymer Group. Steve and Don talk potential federal activity on plastic recycling, compare US and European standards, and explore communications around sustainable practice. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts...

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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: Sustainability in Packaging, Featuring John Caturano of Nestlé Waters

John Caturano, Senior Sustainability Manager of Packaging and Programs at Nestlé Waters, NA, joins host Steve Alexander for a wide-ranging conversation that covers how Nestlé is coping with coronavirus and the company's commitments to sustainability. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, SoundCloud, or anywhere else you get your podca...

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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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Earth Day 2020: Recycling and the Circular Economy

On Earth Day, just like every day, APR is the "Voice of Plastics Recycling." We work with our members at every link of the plastics industry supply chain to strengthen the circular economy and create a more sustainable, less wasteful world. This year's Earth Day theme is climate action. It is abundantly clear that an effective recycling chain is of...

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The APR Recycling Demand Champion Campaign: Proactively Building Demand for Recycled Plastics

The APR Sorting Potential Protocols are designed to identify specific features that may cause an entire package to be lost in the recycling process. This knowledge enables design engineers to focus their improvement efforts as they design with recyclability in mind. These protocols complement the information provided in The APR Design® for Plastics...

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APR Statement on the Frontline Program “Plastic Wars”

The Frontline program, "Plastic Wars," revisited old, anti-recycling messages and ignored many recent successes of the plastic recycling industry fueled by technology and innovation. The program highlighted a number of challenges facing the plastic recycling industry, but failed to show how APR and our member companies are taking on – and overcomin...

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APR Press Release: APR and NERC Launch New Government Recycling Demand Champion Program

March 30, 2020 - APR Press Release

APR and NERC Launch New Government Recycling Demand Champion Program

Successful Campaign Expands Beyond Private Sector

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) today announced a new partnership with The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) to grow a groundbreaking campaign that expands market demand for recycled resins and improves plastic recycling in North America. The Government Recycling Demand Champions, a companion to APR’s well-established Recycling Demand Champions Campaign, will be tailored to state, regional and local governments around the United States.

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Podcast: COVID-19 and the Recycling Industry, featuring Brent Bell of Waste Management Recycle America

We're joined this week by special guest Brent Bell, the President of Waste Management Recycle America, to talk about the impacts of COVID-19 on the recycling industry. Steve and Brent discuss how the industry is modifying practices to keep employees and the public safe and healthy, communicating effectively with your workforce during these uncertai...

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APR Press Release: APR Launches Postconsumer Resin Certification Program

 

March 25, 2020 - APR Press Release

APR Launches Postconsumer Resin Certification Program

Groundbreaking Program to Increase Value of PCR

The Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR), today announced a process to endorse companies that provide 3rd party certification of PCR and promote APR member companies that receive certification. 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.

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Global Recycling Day & COVID-19: Standing Together in Adversity

This Global Recycling Day, people across the world are celebrating recycling as the key to sustainability. Plastics at the end of their useful life are not waste, but a tremendous environmental and economic opportunity. As recyclers, we capture this valuable resource and return it to the circular economy. We are the ones who close the loop. But tod...

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APR Press Release: New Guide Outlines Design Impacts Related to Foodservice Plastics Recyclability

 

March 3, 2020 - APR and FPI Press Release

New Guide Outlines Design Impacts Related to Foodservice Plastics Recyclability

“Design Guide for Foodservice Plastics Recyclability” addresses components related to foodservice packaging and the impact of recyclability

The Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI), in collaboration with the Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR), released a brand-new guide designed to provide education and resources on the recycling process, packaging formats, and the components that impact recyclability related to foodservice packaging.

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Podcast: "Circularity Can Solve Recycling" - A Conversation with Keefe Harrison of The Recycling Partnership

Steve sits down with Keefe Harrison, CEO of The Recycling Partnership, to discuss the Partnership and its work across the country, the state of American recycling today, and what the future holds for the circular economy. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, SoundCloud, or anywhere else you get your podcasts! 

APR Press Release: Newest APR Recycling Demand Champion Companies Announced at the 2020 Plastics Recycling Conference in Nashville, TN

 

February 18, 2020 - APR Press Release

Newest APR Recycling Demand Champion Companies Announced at the 2020 Plastics Recycling Conference in Nashville, TN

Campaign Continues to Experience Exponential Growth

Developed by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), the APR Recycling Demand Champions Campaign plays a prominent role in driving investment and increasing supply of PCR.

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APR Press Release: APR Launches Renewed Push for Grocery Rigid Plastics Recycling

 

January 22, 2020 - APR Press Release

APR Launches Renewed Push for Grocery Rigid Plastics Recycling

Recycling Trade Organization Offers Updated Website, Tools, Info Flyer

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) today confirmed its continued commitment to recycling grocery rigid plastics with a renewed push to encourage retail grocery chains to aggregate and market their behind-the-counter rigid plastics.

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What You Need to Know about the New AASHTO Specification 294R - Recycled Content in Drainage Pipes

AASHTO has adopted a new specification that allows plastic pipe products to contain post-consumer recycled content and meet rigorous 100 year life span requirements. This webinar will provide you the background and insights you need to be sure you are using the latest drainage pipes while benefiting your state's recycling programs.  Webinar re...

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Using More PCR

This session will provide an in depth overview of how to incorporate postconsumer recycled content into your package, Walmart's PCR goals and feasible % PCR by packaging format, as well as how to source and reduce costs of PCR.Less Click here to view the presentation slides. Click here to view a recording of the webinar.

APR Press Release: APR Recycling Demand Champions Campaign Announces Over 300% Growth

 

October 2, 2019 - APR Press Release

APR Recycling Demand Champions Campaign Announces Over 300% Growth

Company Participation Continues to Expand

APR Recycling Demand Champions program has generated almost 26 million pounds of new demand for postconsumer resin (PCR) this year, more than tripling the amount generated in the first year.

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