Eco-Products has announced that it is increasing its use of post-consumer recycled plastic and has become an "APR Recycling Demand Champion." The designation is part of a campaign -- launched by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) in 2017 - to expand market demand for recycled resins and improve recycling in North America. Without companies committing to use post-consumer content in products and packaging, the recycling industry can face challenges in making the economics work. APR Demand Champions are "forward-thinking, proactive organizations (that) are playing a prominent role in expanding the market for mixed residential plastics," according to the APR website.
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The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) recently completed negotiations to purchase Resource Recycling, Inc., the publication and conference management firm that has been in operation for over three decades.
The National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) and The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) have announced the release of the Report on Postconsumer PET Container Recycling Activity in 2017. The report cites a 2017 United States recycling rate of 29.2 percent for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles, reflecting a slight increase over the 2016 rate of 28.4%. The rate increase reflected decreases in both total collection volumes and volume of PET bottles available for recycling in the U.S.
The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) recently signed a global commitment to eradicate plastic waste andpollution at the source. APR, the international trade associationrepresenting the plastics recycling industry, joins 250 other organizations toendorse The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment led by The Ellen MacArthurFoundation, in collaboration with the UN Environment, that was officiallyunveiled at the Our Ocean Conference in Bali this week.
2018 APR Recycling Demand Champion Campaign generates almost 7 million pounds of new demand in it's first year
A program designed to expand market demand for recycled plastics has generated almost 7 million pounds of new demand in it's first year. The APR Recycling Demand Champions Campaign, created by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) in 2017 to develop new markets for recycled plastics, announced year end results at a recent APR annual meeting in St. Petersburg, FL. APR also announced several new participants who have committed to increase their use of postconsumer resin (PCR) in the upcoming year.
In an effort to facilitate greater consistency in plastic sorting, the Association of Plastic Recyclers recently announced the development of The APR Plastic Sorting Best Management Practices Guide to standardize how data is collected in studies that seek to identify the composition of plastics in the waste and recycling stream. The goal of the guide is part of an overall effort by APR, the leading international trade organization representing the plastics recycling industry, to optimize plastics recycling across North America and beyond.
In an effort to provide a consistent metric to guide the efforts of sustainability for plastics in the Circular Economy, two of the leading global international recycling organizations have developed a global definition governing the use of the term "recyclable" as is relates to plastics packaging and products.
Demand for recycled polypropylene (PP) resin by major consumer brand companies is approaching 300 million pounds annually, according to a study by the Washington, DC-based Association of Plastic Recyclers, the international trade organization representing the plastics recycling industry. The 21 major consumer brand companies who responded also provided quality and quantity information for potential PP postconsumer resin (PCR) use in non-food contact applications. These companies alone identified demand of more than 280 million pounds of the recycled resin annually.
The APR Plastics Recycling Showcase, a program to highlight and promote industry leading innovations that have a positive impact on plastics collection and recycling, is now accepting nominations. Developed by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), the second annual program will focus on recently commercialized innovations developed by APR member companies. An additional category focused on community engagement has been added for the 2017 Showcase. As the leading international trade association representing the plastics recycling industry, APR works to provide technical expertise, leadership for long-term industry growth, and commend innovations supporting that growth. The nomination deadline is October 31st.
The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), the international trade organization representing the plastics recycling industry, has responded to claims by plastic can manufacturers that their products are recyclable, pointing out that a PET can with a metal lid contaminates the PET recycling stream. APR urges caution to those companies considering the use of plastic cans.