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PP PCR Demand Survey

2015/2016 Polypropylene PCR “Fit for Use” Non-FDA Demand Survey Results

APR Rigid Plastics Recycling Program

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) is “The Voice of Plastics Recycling.” As the international trade association representing the plastics recycling industry, membership includes independent recycling companies of all sizes, processing numerous resins, as well as consumer product companies, equipment manufacturers, testing laboratories, organizations, and others committed to the success of plastics recycling. APR works to enhance quality and increase supply through technical resources, testing programs, design solutions, corporate training, regulatory leadership and education programs.

APR created the Rigids Committee* in 2008 with the objective of increasing the recycling rate of rigid plastics beyond bottles. Rigid plastic recycling “stakeholders”* - collectors, recyclers, brand users, resin producers and public policy makers – have joined together to discuss solutions to issues, concerns and problems with expanding non-bottle rigid plastic recycling.

*APR Rigids Committee Membership – American Chemistry Council, AMUT, Avangard Innovative, Berry Plastics, Casella, Champion Polymer Recycling, Clean Tech, ConAgra Foods, Custom Polymers, Dart Container, Denton Plastics, Dow Chemical, EFS-plastics Inc., Entropex, Envision Plastics, General Mills,, Kimberly-Clark, Klockner Pentaplast, KW Plastics Recycling, Merlin Plastics, Milliken & Company, Moore Recycling, MRC Recycling, NatureWorks, Plastic Forming Enterprises, Prime Plastic Products, The Procter & Gamble Company, QRS, Sims Municipal Recycling, Starbucks, Starlinger, Talco Plastics, Technimark, Unilever, and Waste Management Inc..

Polypropylene Market Development Subcommittee

The APR Rigids Committee created a PP Market Development Subcommittee to stimulate growth and increase availability and use of PCR polypropylene. Over the last two years this group has been working diligently to move the polypropylene PCR marketplace forward; this survey was one of their major projects.

“Fit for Use” Survey

Over the years, APR’s Rigids Committee has conducted four Polypropylene Post-Consumer Resin “Fit for Use” Demand Surveys – in the Fall of 2011, Spring of 2012, Summer 2015 and Winter of 2016 – in order to assess brand owners’ and manufacturers’ need for polypropylene PCR. Quantifying the demand demonstrates to potential PP PCR suppliers the quantities and qualities desired. Ultimately the surveys’ goal has been to guide dialogue between brand companies/manufacturers and potential PP PCR suppliers

2015/2016 “Fit for Use” Survey Results

Unlike the 2011/2012 Surveys, the 2015/2016 Survey did not include food contact PP PCR demand. Hence, the twenty one survey respondents’ demand for over 280 million pounds annually is for non-food contact PCR. As important as acquiring a volume figure, the survey also provides information on qualitative PCR components such as melt flow index, odor, color and demand timeframe. All respondents’ demand is current or within the next three years. Applications for this demand include tubes, rigid packaging, closures, containers, pails, crates, disposable cutlery, pallets, hangers and tubs.

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Company Respondents and Contact Information

21 companies responded to the 2015/2016 Polypropylene PCR “Fit for Use” Demand Survey. As a respondent it was understood that they may be approached about their interest in polypropylene PCR. There were companies who responded to the survey but are not listed because they only had demand for food-contact polypropylene PCR. The full list and contact information is available in the APR Members Only Section.  APR Members click here to login now.