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Strong domestic RPET demand continues according to Report on Postconsumer PET recycling

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.

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APR endorses global commitment to eradicate plastic waste

APR endorses global commitment to eradicate plastic waste

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. 

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​2018 APR Recycling Demand Champion Campaign generates almost 7 million pounds of new demand in it's first year

​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. 

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​APR releases Plastics Sorting Best Management Practices Guide

​APR releases Plastics Sorting Best Management Practices Guide

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. 

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APR releases Polypropylene PCR demand survey results

APR releases Polypropylene PCR demand survey results

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.

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APR announces second annual Plastics Recycling Showcase

APR announces second annual Plastics Recycling Showcase

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.

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Updated APR design guide for plastics recyclability unveiled

Updated APR design guide for plastics recyclability unveiled

Increasing supply and enhancing the quality of the plastics recycling stream are two primary goals of an updated resource guide unveiled this week by the leading technical authority on plastics recycling. The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), the international trade organization representing the plastics recycling industry, presented the new and improved APR Design Guide for Plastics Recyclability at its June Membership Meeting in San Antonio. The design guidelines outline detailed steps for packaging and design engineers to consider the implications of new products or containers in the recycling process.

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APR Announces First Annual Plastics Recycling Showcase

A recently announced program recognizing innovations in product design and technology promoting plastics recycling is accepting nominations through October 31st. The APR Plastics Recycling Showcase, developed by the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR), will focus on recently commercialized innovations developed by APR members that have a positive impact on the ability of a package or container to be recycled. As the leading international trade association representing the plastics recycling industry, APR works to provide leadership for long-term industry growth and vitality. This program is part of APR’s continued effort to address technical challenges facing plastic recyclers. 

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