APR highlights label solutions at mid-year meeting

APR highlights label solutions at mid-year meeting

By Editorial Staff, Plastics Recycling Update

June 13, 2014

More than 170 members of the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers – a record for a mid-year APR meeting – met in Austin, Texas to receive an update on the group's various projects, including some nascent solutions for full-wrap container sleeves and a push to increase mixed rigid plastics recovery.

The attendees were briefed via a series of committee meetings, covering various goals set out by the organization. Numerous technical sessions by committees covered topics such as non-bottle rigids, PET, olefins, processing equipment innovations and more.

Recyclability issues created by the use of shrink-sleeve labels and direct printing on plastic containers, a major and continuing concern for APR’s PET reclaimer members, saw some progress. Five companies were recognized for their efforts to produce direct printing and full-sleeve solutions that work according to the group's technical guidance documents.

Those five lauded firms are American Fuji Seal, Avery Dennison Corporation, The Kennedy Group, Plastipak Packaging, Inc. and Polysack Flexible Packaging Ltd. All have developed products that adhere to APR's Critical Guidance Documents for producing direct-print labels and shrink-sleeve wraps on PET containers.

Members of the group's Rigid Plastics Recycling Program also received an update on various initiatives concerning rigids recovery. An economic case study on rigids collection at grocery stores revealed the various economic benefits and values for stacking, baling or collecting rigid plastics via single-stream recycling collection. The committee also delivered plans to make the group's Sort for Value matrix available to materials recovery facilities (MRFs) and reclaimers as a dynamic tool showing the values of further sortation of different types of plastic grades.

In addition, the group announced board approval for the implementation of a training program to provide technical assistance for plastics packaging producers to help them adhere to APR's documented design for recycling guidelines.

And APR also announced it has formed The Foundation for Plastics Recycling, which will aim to fund different types of projects and programs, such as the aforementioned training program.

The next APR meeting will be held Oct. 7-9 in San Diego.

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