The Association of Plastic Recyclers

Roadmap to Recycled Content

Who is Eligible?

The Government Recycling Demand Champion program is designed specifically for non-federal public sector entities, such as state, regional, and local governmental entities, as well as public and private schools and colleges/universities. This program is offered in conjunction with the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC).

What’s the Difference Between Champions and Advocates?

Government Recycling Demand Champions commit to purchasing products that contain post-consumer recycled plastics (PCR) in order to stimulate and create domestic markets for recyclable plastics and thereby drive sustainable plastic recycling. Any and all NEW purchases of products with PCR apply.

The program has two tiers for participation:

  • Champions are full program participants that commit to purchasing products made with post-consumer recycled plastic.
  • Advocates intend to purchase products made with post-consumer recycled plastic, but their organization is not ready to act, but will within a year of joining the program. State Recycling Organization Advocates commit to helping publicize the program and promote purchasing of products with post-consumer resin to their members and the public.

How it Works

STEP 1: Sign the Commitment Letter.

  • Download and sign this pledge. Return the completed form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

STEP 2: Purchase PCR-containing items

STEP 3: Report your progress.

  • By the following year of becoming a Government Recycling Demand Champion, purchase PCR-containing item(s) and report to NERC. The annual reporting form is available online here.

STEP 4: Be recognized for your commitment to supporting end-market demand.

  • Your organization’s prominent role in expanding the markets for recyclable plastics will be actively promoted by NERC and APR.
  • You will receive a certificate recognizing your commitment as a Government Recycling Demand Champion.

Helpful Resources


Current Champions

The current NERC-APR Government Recycling Demand Champions' logos

Current Advocates

The current NERC-APR Government Recycling Demand Advocates' logos

Current State Recycling Organization Advocates

The current NERC-APR Government Recycling Demand State Recycling Organization Advocates' logos

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