The Association of Plastic Recyclers
  • PE Film

    PE Film

Innovation in plastics and packaging is necessary to maintain a healthy and competitive industry. To support innovators, the APR has developed a variety of laboratory test method documents that can be used to assess the impact of a plastic design feature or component on recycling. APR test methods combine laboratory practices and measurements developed specifically by and for plastic recyclers with standard ASTM tests. The objective of testing is to determine the impact of a design feature on the processability of a package item as well as the ability of post-consumer resin (PCR) derived from such feedstocks to meet quality specifications for end-use applications. To view APR’s test method definitions, click here.

Design FeatureAPR Design®
Preferred
Detrimental to RecyclingRenders Non-RecyclablePossible Testing Results:APR Test MethodsAPR Recognized Commercially Available OptionsAdditional Resources
PreferredDetrimentalNon-Recyclable
BASE POLYMER
Polyethylene mono-material flexible packagingcheck
Postconsumer PE Contentcheckdocument
APR Position Paper
Blends of PE and other resins with unknown effects in future uses of recovered resinsUntested blendsdocument
FPE-CG-01
checkcheckcheck
COLOR
Unpigmented (Natural)check
White, buff, or lightly coloredcheck
Dark colors, specifically blue or greencheck
Why?
CLOSURES AND FITMENTS
Polyethylene flexible seals, closures or dispenserscheck CG Recognition Letters
All non-polyethylene flexible seals, closures or dispenserscheckdocument
FPE-B-01
FPE-CG-01
checkcheckcheck
BARRIER LAYERS, COATINGS, ADDITIVES
"Workhorse" additivescheck
PVC and PVDCcheck
Additive concentration causing blend to sink when recycled in a wet wash systemcheck
Barrier Layers CG Recognition Letters
Metalized Layerscheckdocument
SORT-B-03
FPE-B-01
FPE-CG-01
document
Metal Sortation
checkcheckcheck
Degradable Additivescheckdocument
O-S-03
document
APR Position Paper
checkcheckcheck
Additive concentrations with unknown densitiescheckdocument
O-S-01
PP-CG-01
checkcheckcheck
Non-PE additives, layers or coatings not listedcheckdocument
FPE-B-01
FPE-CG-01
CG Recognition Letters
checkcheckcheck
LABELS, INKS, ADHESIVES
Polyethylene labelscheck CG Recognition Letters
Direct Printingcheck
Paper Labelscheck
Why?
Metal foil labelscheck
Label InksUntested inksdocument
HDPE-S-01
checkcheckcheck
Label adhesivesWash friendly and compatible with PEWash performance unknowndocument
FPE-BM-01
FPE-CG-01
checkcheckcheck
ATTACHMENTS
PE attachmentscheck
Metal and metal containing attachmentscheck
Non-PE Attachmentscheckdocument
FPE-BM-01
FPE-CG-01
checkcheckcheck
Design FeatureAPR Design®
Preferred
Detrimental to RecyclingRenders Non-RecyclablePossible Testing Results:APR Test MethodsAPR Recognized Commercially Available OptionsAdditional Resources
PreferredDetrimentalNon-Recyclable
BASE POLYMER
Polyethylene mono-material flexible packagingcheck
Postconsumer PE Contentcheckdocument
APR Position Paper
Blends of PE and other resins with unknown effects in future uses of recovered resinsUntested blendsdocument
FPE-CG-01
checkcheckcheck
COLOR
Unpigmented (Natural)check
White, buff, or lightly coloredcheck
Dark colors, specifically blue or greencheck
Why?
CLOSURES AND FITMENTS
Polyethylene flexible seals, closures or dispenserscheck CG Recognition Letters
All non-polyethylene flexible seals, closures or dispenserscheckdocument
FPE-B-01
FPE-CG-01
checkcheckcheck
BARRIER LAYERS, COATINGS, ADDITIVES
"Workhorse" additivescheck
PVC and PVDCcheck
Additive concentration causing blend to sink when recycled in a wet wash systemcheck
Barrier Layers CG Recognition Letters
Metalized Layerscheckdocument
SORT-B-03
FPE-B-01
FPE-CG-01
document
Metal Sortation
checkcheckcheck
Degradable Additivescheckdocument
O-S-03
document
APR Position Paper
checkcheckcheck
Additive concentrations with unknown densitiescheckdocument
O-S-01
PP-CG-01
checkcheckcheck
Non-PE additives, layers or coatings not listedcheckdocument
FPE-B-01
FPE-CG-01
CG Recognition Letters
checkcheckcheck
LABELS, INKS, ADHESIVES
Polyethylene labelscheck CG Recognition Letters
Direct Printingcheck
Paper Labelscheck
Why?
Metal foil labelscheck
Label InksUntested inksdocument
HDPE-S-01
checkcheckcheck
Label adhesivesWash friendly and compatible with PEWash performance unknowndocument
FPE-BM-01
FPE-CG-01
checkcheckcheck
ATTACHMENTS
PE attachmentscheck
Metal and metal containing attachmentscheck
Non-PE Attachmentscheckdocument
FPE-BM-01
FPE-CG-01
checkcheckcheck
Dark colors, specifically blue or green
It is not common for film to be sorted by color in the recycling process. Therefore, the resulting recycled material is a blend of all the colors present. Dark colors have a great effect on a lot of material.
Paper Labels
Paper labels pulp and become a water filtration and contamination problem if they are processed through a wet recycling process.Individual paper fibers are very difficult to remove and attach themselves to the film creating specks and irregularities in the products made from recycled film.Furthermore, in either a wet or dry process they degrade in the extruder creating an undesirable burnt smell that cannot be removed from the recycled plastic.This significantly limits its reuse.

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