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. See Full Story
Source: Resource Recycling