APR has several active committees in which members can participate. Learn more about each committee below.
The Communications Committee’s supports APR as “The Voice of Plastics Recycling.” With a commitment to increasing quality supply, the Committee strives to be a source of information to the plastics recycling industry through the development of a wide variety of educational resources and communication outlets.
- Form collaborative partnerships with other trade associations and groups.
- Develop marketing materials and messaging tools.
- Host educational web seminars held throughout the year.
- Distribute resources to expand and improve plastics collection.
- Promote programs to communicate the value and increase the demand for PCR.
- Communicate with the plastics recycling industry and general public through the APR website, social media outlets, and a variety of publications.
- Grow APR membership.
- Develop sponsorship opportunities for APR meetings and web seminars.
- Enlist sponsors for the annual Resource Recycling Plastics Recycling Conference.
The Film Reclamation Committee develops and executes strategies and tactics that boost polyethylene film recovery and markets. The Film Committee spreads the message that plastic film is recyclable, regardless of the specific collection scheme.
- Leverage partnerships with ACC's Flexible Film Recycling Group (FFRG) and the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) to advance message of film recyclability.
- Ensure that APR's existing technical tools, such as the Design Guide™ for Plastics Recyclability and bale specifications, are current with regard to film recycling, adaptable to changes in collection schemes and markets, and easily accessible.
- Study how film impacts curbside collection and MRFs.
- Participate in partnerships that expand retail PE film collection.
The MRF Subcommittee works to create a formal communications network between the MRF community and APR members. Membership in this committee is composed of MRF operators.
The Olefins/Rigids Committee works to stimulate recycling of rigid plastics beyond #1 and #2 bottles, with an emphasis on integrating perspectives from all stakeholders, e.g. collectors, recyclers, brand users, resin producers and public policy makers. The Committee focuses on both the supply and demand of non-bottle plastic recycling.
- Created the “APR Recycling Demand Champions Program” to increase end market demand for recycled resins.
- Developed a program (“Grocery Rigid Plastics Recycling”) to promote the recovery of rigid plastics from grocery stores via free technical assistance and resources.
- Conducts annual survey of each state’s largest city to determine their rigid plastics collection policies and analyze trends over time.
- Created “Non-Bottle Containers Toolkit” to help MRFs and municipalities expand collection practices, increase revenue and support the industry.
- Created “Residential Bulky Rigids Toolkit” to help MRFs and municipalities expand collection practices, increase revenue and support the industry.
- Development of Best Management Practices for plastic waste sorting to create nationally consistent plastic waste/recycling data that can be more easily synthesized and compared.
- Conducted “Fit for Use” study on polypropylene recycled resin which demonstrated demand quantities as well as qualities for PP PCR.
- Conducted study on “National Rigid Bale Sort and Supply Estimate” which provided data on the type, volume and destination of non-bottle rigid plastics currently being collected and the potential volume available for recycling
- Developed model rigid plastic bale specifications to ease and simplify communication between generators and consumers of recyclable rigid plastics.
PS Reclamation Committee
The PS Reclamation Committee facilitates the growth of rigid (solid) and foam polystyrene recycling.
- Creation of design for recycling guidelines for PS.
- Creation of bale specifications.
- Development and sponsorship of a study in PS demand.
- Development of a white paper on best practices.
APR’s two Technical Committees focus on PET and Rigid Olefin Plastics, respectively, and they support APR membership through development of technical resources, technical studies and education.
- Maintain the APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability.
- Develop and maintain test methods to facilitate packaging innovators, evaluate the impact of packaging developments on the recycle process and assess the quality of postconsumer resins.
- Provide recognition to innovators.
- Develop model bale specifications.
- Initiate technical programs such as:
- Impact of shrink sleeve labels on PET recycling.
- Impact of pressure sensitive labels on PET recycling.
- Impact of fillers on polyolefin plastics recycling.
- Up-dating life cycle analyses for PET, HDPE and PP.
- Up-dated format and content for APR Test Methods.
- Collection and sortation of black plastics.