APR members updated on organization's priorities

APR members updated on organization's priorities

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Members of the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers met in New Orleans following the conclusion of the Plastics Recycling Conference. On the agenda were status reports for several ongoing issues.

Following a successful assessment of the demand for PP post-consumer resin (PCR), APR may establish a committee to assess the demand for HDPE injection-grade PCR. APR's rigids committee has a number of initiatives underway, including:

  • The association plans to issue thin-walled design-for-recyclability guidelines.
  • APR took part in a plastic waste composition study in one state which assessed the amount of 47 different types of plastics found in the residential and commercial waste streams. About 12 percent of each waste stream is plastics.
  • Model bale specifications for non-bottle plastics are being developed in conjunction with the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries.
  • A survey of the recycling practices of the largest community in each state is undertaken each year.

Members also heard a report from APR's technical committee. The committee's priorities are three-fold: improving the feed-stream quality, maintaining and strengthening the technical documentation, and increasing the supply of materials. The committee is looking at the effects of sleeve labels on recycling, assessing the acceptable level of PP in HDPE and monitoring the color of recycled PET due to increased levels of yellowing and hazing of PCR PET.

Labels on bottles were also a hot topic with APR president Steve Alexander saying "full-wrap shrink labels are the biggest issue for APR in 2013." He specifically noted the high yield loss by reclaimers created by the use of this label.

Finally, members were briefed on the financial outlook of APR. The organization is considering the establishment of an APR Foundation in the coming years which would alter its fundraising strategy and revenue stream. In addition, while membership levels are at the highest level ever, the association is also developing a more formal membership recruitment system.

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