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As the Voice of Plastics Recycling APR works to keep the industry up to date on the latest trends, innovations, programs, and more. Read posts from a variety of leaders and experts within the plastics recycling industry.

Silgan Dispensing and PCR: How we’re committing to sustainability through our partnership with APR

Reposted from Silgan Dispensing's website on May 6, 2019. For today's consumers, sustainable packaging isn't a "nice to have" anymore. With 6.3 billion metric tons of plastic waste residing in landfills, consumers are more environmentally minded than ever before. In fact, 37% of millennials check packaging labels for sustainability and 52% of consu...
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Can't win fight against plastic waste without recycling

​This was originally posted on The Hill on February 28, 2019. Recently on Capitol Hill, the plastics industry gathered congressional staff and reporters together to highlight a billion-dollar campaign designed to rid the ocean of plastic. At the event , Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) announced the reintroduction of le...
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APR Recycling Demand Champion Campaign: Proactively Building Demand for Recycled Plastics

The headlines about the rippling effect of China's National Sword continue. Recycling facilities left with material. China's Sword cutting deep into recycling. Lasting effects of China's Sword. Where will all the plastics go? Although these headlines are of great concern, The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) believes that China's action serve...
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Your Bottle Means Jobs: Recycling's Impact on Jobs in the Carolinas

Samuel Adams' Founder Jim Koch once stated, "They don't teach you this in Harvard Business School, but it's all about people. Everything happens by, with or through people. Nothing just happens on its own." In the recycling world, it's no different. From where I sit at the SC Department of Commerce, without a workforce, the bottles and jugs that ar...
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Commentary: Preserving the environment and improving recycling must become a joint effort for business, government, individuals and nonprofits

This article was written by Keefe Harrison and originally published in  ​Recycling Today ​ on June 7, 2017. With the United States' withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, announced June 1, 2017, the federal government, which was the first entity to create environmental regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the use of landf...
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