Empty PET bottles for recycling.

The Association of Plastics Recyclers’ Global Design Catalog provides information on plastic recycling guidelines all over the world. | WeStudio/Shutterstock

The Association of Plastic Recyclers’ Global Design Catalog just got a facelift, bringing its design recommendations in line with the most recent recyclability requirements. 

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) offers the catalog as a resource for brands and packaging suppliers to easily check plastic packaging recyclability guidelines in countries around the world.

(APR owns Resource Recycling, Inc, publisher of Plastics Recycling Update.) 

Steve Alexander, APR president and CEO, said in a press release that “package producers worldwide rely on the APR Design Guide for Plastics Recyclability and the APR Global Design Catalog.” 

“Although the principles of recyclable package design are universal, recycling infrastructure, packaging trends, culture and attitudes toward resource management vary regionally, even within each country,” he added. 

The Global Design Catalog includes information on Chile, Denmark, the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.

It covers recyclability criteria evaluations of design features for rigid PET, rigid HDPE, rigid PP and flexible PE film packaging. 

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