The Association of Plastic Recyclers

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.

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

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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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.

Bringing Stakeholders Together at APR’s First-Ever APR Design® Guide For Plastics Recyclability Regional Training Conference

Last week, the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) held the first ever APR Design® for Plastics Recyclability Regional Training Conference. Consumer brand companies, resin producers, packaging manufacturers, and others assembled to learn how materials flow through the recycling system. Van Dyk Recycling Solutions hosted the event at its state-of...

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Plastic Sorting Best Management Practices: Resources for MRFs, Municipalities, & Reclaimers

Bale sorts, waste composition studies, plastics sorts, and other studies are a regular practice for MRFs, municipalities, and relcaimers, as well as other organizations. Although beneficial information is gathered from these sorts and studies, the process is not standardized, making it difficult to compare results. The APR Plastics Sorting Best Man...

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

The APR Recycling Demand Champions Campaign plays a prominent role in expanding the market for residential plastics, driving investment, increasing supply and producing more high quality PCR. The initial phase of the campaign focused on purchasing new volume PCR through "work in process" (WIP) durable goods, but has expanded to include any and all ...

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

The headlines about the rippling effect of China's National Sword continue. Recycling facilities left with material. China's Sword cutting deep into recycling. Lasting effects of China's Sword. Where will all the plastics go? Although these headlines are of great concern, The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) believes that China's action serve...

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APR at The New Plastics Economy: Recycling is the Key to Sustainability

I had the opportunity to attend the recent investor participant workshop of New Plastics Economy (NPE) initiative of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation last week in Brooklyn. More than 100 brand owners, activists, and other industry representatives were in attendance. The NPE is focused on creating a Global Plastic Protocol for plastic packaging as par...

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APR Plastics Recycling Showcase: Celebrating Innovations That Support the Growth of Plastics Recycling - Tuesday, March 21, 2017

As The Voice of Plastics Recycling®, APR consistently seeks to recognize and promote innovations that enhance the recyclability of a new or existing package or container. APR promotes the long-term growth and development of plastics recycling by providing the leadership and tools necessary to support the sustainability of the industry. Innovation d...

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The APR Plastics Recycling Showcase: Celebrating Innovations that Support the Growth of Plastics Recycling Tuesday, April 19th at 1:00 pm EST

As The Voice of Plastics Recycling®, APR consistently seeks to recognize and promote innovations that enhance the recyclability of a new or existing package or container. APR promotes the growth and development of plastics recycling by providing the leadership and tools necessary to support the long-term growth and sustainability of the industry. I...

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What Really Goes in that Bale? An Overview of the 2015 National Mixed Rigid Bale Composition Study Presented August 11, 2015

The 2015 National Mixed Rigid Bale Composition Study was conducted to categorize the composition of the various types of mixed rigid plastic bales generated in North America, in addition to providing an estimate of the volume and type of non-bottle rigid plastic available for recycling. Making more accurate estimates of the types, volume and destin...

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Foam Recycling: Facts, Figures, and Market Potential Presented June 23, 2015

Sponsored By:  Polystyrene and Expanded Polystyrene, or foam, is commonly used in food service packaging, sports and safety equipment, insulation, and a variety of product packaging. Although foam can be successfully recycled, many misconceptions persist. This webinar will detail the foam recycling process and work to debunk some of the most c...

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