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October APR Member Meeting

October 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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APR Press Release: APR Announces New Design Guidance for PE Film Packaging

Closing the loop between package designers and plastic recyclers The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) today announced an updated and improved version of the APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability for PE Film Packaging. Developed over the past year by a working group of APR's Film Reclamation Committee, the updated guidance reflects the ...
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The APR Meets Preferred Guidance Recognition Program: Creating a circular economy for recycled plastics

The APR Meets Preferred Guidance Recognition Program: Creating a circular economy for recycled plastics
The Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR) recently announced the Meets Preferred Guidance (MPG) Review Program to recognize companies that develop packaging that meet the "APR Preferred" category according to APR's definition of recyclability outlined in the APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability. Participation encourages companies that man...
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APR Press Release: APR Announces Meets Preferred Guidance Recognition Program

APR Press Release: APR Announces Meets Preferred Guidance Recognition Program
Creating a circular economy for recycled plastics  The Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR) today announced a new program to recognize companies that develop packaging that meet the "APR Preferred" category according to APR's definition of recyclability outlined in the APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability. Participation in the Meets...
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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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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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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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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: 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.

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: 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: Recycling and Sustainability with Bridget Anderson, Deputy Commissioner at NYC Department of Sanitation

Bridget Anderson, the Deputy Commissioner of Recycling and Sustainability at NYC Department of Sanitation, joins our host Steve Alexander for a great conversation about her work at the largest municipal waste management agency in the nation. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, SoundCloud, or anywhere else you get your podcasts! ...
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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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2020 Plastics Recycling Showcase: Don’t miss these game-changing innovations

2020 Plastics Recycling Showcase: Don’t miss these game-changing innovations
Today, plastics recyclers are shouldering the burden of an increasingly complex waste stream. In the face of this enormous undertaking, innovations in recycling technology and packaging design are driving growth, sustainability, and profitability in our industry. This year at the annual APR Technical Forum and Recycling Showcase, we are pleased to ...
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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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