FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 19, 2012
Contact: APR President/CEO Steve Alexander at 202.316.3046
LEADING PLASTIC RECYCLING GROUP DISMISSES
PET RESIN GROUP’S ‘RECYCLABILITY & INNOVATION MODEL’
The Association of Postconsumer Plastics Recyclers, the leading plastic recycling organization in North America, that represents more than 90% of the processors of postconsumer plastic bottles in North America, expressed ‘disappointment and strong concern’ today regarding the ‘recycling assessment model’ announced earlier this week by the PET Resin Association, PETRA.
“It is great to see that PETRA acknowledges their interest in keeping PET bottle resins recyclable. It is important, as they note, that the resins used for PET bottles do not diminish the well-established PET recycling efforts across the country. Unfortunately, their announced protocols would have the exact opposite effect,” commented Tom Busard, Vice President of Clean Tech and Chairman of APR.
“On one hand PETRA acknowledges that rigor is needed in determining recycling effects. Their announcement in fact would seem to undermine the precise rigor they claim to acknowledge,” said Steve Alexander, APR Director. “APR’s Technical Committee has worked for years to carefully consider the proper mode to investigate resin innovations for effect on recycling. The APR protocols reflect that. The market place acceptance of APR protocols and APR-recognized resins proves the value of our work to the packaging supply chain” he added.
“We have spent years carefully considering the proper mode to investigate resin innovations for effect on recycling and determined what properties need investigation, how tests should be conducted, and how results should be interpreted to be commercially relevant. Our methods are rigorous and repeatable and readily understood,” stated Dave Cornell, APR’s Technical Director.
“The fact is that Brand companies and packaging decision makers use the APR protocols regularly to assure themselves that choices have unconditional conclusions. They want to be assured that the material they are using will not cause problems at future times and to others. The industry knows what they will get when the material they are using has passed APR critical guidance” said AlexanderBusard, the APR Chairman, commented “PETRA came to us three years ago and said ‘we want you to approve our resins at reduced testing concentration levels’. APR reviewed the concepts with our entire Technical Committee, which includes brand owners, resin manufacturers, converters, and reclaimers, at length. After that extensive and thorough review, the committee concluded that resins tested at low-levels could in fact cause significant contamination and legal issues and have a negative impact of the second use life of the resin.”
“APR wants more, good bottles and provides guidelines and testing protocols with resulting interpretations to guide decision makers” he added. “We have been doing so for years, and the industry trusts our guidelines. We stand by our procedures that have been widely embraced by reclaimers, packaging companies, and brand companies. APR is data-driven and updates its procedures and protocols when new information is validated and compelling. Unfortunately, what these resin makers brought to us did not meet those standards.”
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