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APR Demand Champion

June 12, 2019 - Recycling Today

 APR Recycling Demand Champion companies announced

Three new companies have committed to an ongoing campaign that expands market demand for recycled resins and improves plastic recycling in North America. Announced during the June 2019 Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) Member Meeting in Minneapolis, the APR Recycling Demand Champions Campaign plays a role in driving investment and increasing supply of postconsumer resin (PCR), APR reports in a news release.

“APR is pleased with the growth of this important campaign,” says Steve Alexander, president and CEO of the Washington-based APR. “The first year of the program alone resulted in 6.8 million additional pounds of PCR in the marketplace. We look forward to seeing that number continue to rise as additional companies sign on and honor their commitments.” 

The campaign includes any and all new PCR uses. This can be achieved through purchasing work in process (WIP) goods used in manufacturing facilities that contain PCR, developing a new application for PCR and increasing PCR usage in its current application.

The new APR Recycling Demand Champions are:

  • Chick-fil-A;
  • EcoEnclose; and
  • Scotts Miracle-Gro.

APR reports that these companies join those that committed in 2018 and early 2019: Berry Global, Keurig Green Mountain, The Procter & Gamble Co., Target Corp., Champion Polymer Recycling, Denton Plastics, Nestle, QRS, Unilever, ECO Products, Avangard Innovative, UPM Raflatac, PAC Worldwide, Envision, Plastipak/Clean Tech, Annie’s, Dow, Dart, Fabri-Kal, Paktech, Re-Play, Avery Dennison, Colgate-Palmolive, Pactiv, Revolution Plastics and Coldkeepers.

“Increased and reliable market demand is key to the success of plastics recycling, and the need for investment in domestic recycling infrastructure is more necessary today than it has ever been,” says Liz Bedard, director of APR’s Rigid Plastics Recycling Program. “If reclaimers have a reliable market, they can feel confident investing in their facilities, offer a better price for recycled resin and pay MRFs a better price for bales. In turn, MRFs (material recovery facilities) can also feel confident making the investment to increase supply and create cleaner bales.”

Within 12 months of becoming a Demand Champion, the companies must purchase or manufacture PCR containing item(s) and report to APR. All data submitted to APR remains confidential but will be aggregated and developed into a reporting tool that will be released in October of each year.

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