APR challenges PETRA's resin-assessment plan

Published: October 19, 2012 6:00 am ET

Related to this story

Topics Materials, Suppliers, Packaging, Blow Molding, Recycling

WASHINGTON (Oct. 19, 4:40 p.m. ET) – Leaders of the Association of Postconsumer Plastics Recyclers expressed “disappointment and strong concern” over a recycling-related plan proposed this week by the PET Resin Association (PETRA).

“It is great to see that PETRA acknowledges their interest in keeping PET bottle resins recyclable,” Tom Busard, vice president of PET recycler Clean Tech Inc. in Dundee, Mich., and chairman of APR, said in an Oct. 19 news release. “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.”

Earlier this week, PETRA proposed a way of assessing the recyclability of PET resin “to overcome recycling test barriers that discourage improvements in PET resin.” PETRA said its plan would be more “realistic and effective” than existing APR guidelines.

The PETRA model integrates the need for continued innovation with stringent resin testing and monitoring, according to Ralph Vasami, executive director of PETRA, which represents North American producers of PET resin.

Washington-based APR, which said it represents more than 90 percent of processors of postconsumer plastic bottles in North America, dismissed PETRA’s plan.

“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,” Busard said.

“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’s PET Bottle Critical Guidance document calls for resin testing at concentrations of either 25 percent or 50 percent. The European PET Bottle Platform PET Recycling Test Protocol allows for testing at lower concentrations than APR.

“APR requires resin variants and innovations typically having a low market presence to meet the same requirements of a resin accounting for 25 percent or 50 percent of total North American PET production,” said New York-based PETRA.

The PETRA model allows for testing variations at levels of 2 percent and 10 percent, which PETRA said encompasses the vast majority of today’s new PET resin variants.

Dave Cornell, APR technical director, said, “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.”

Also in the news release, APR Director Steve Alexander said, “The industry knows what they will get when the material they are using has passed APR critical guidance.”


Comments

APR challenges PETRA's resin-assessment plan

Published: October 19, 2012 6:00 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Europe puts its 'Circular Economy' recycling effort on hold, for now

December 18, 2014 12:28 pm ET

The European Commission has withdrawn its Circular Economy initiative from its 2015 work program, and will instead replace it with “a new, more ...    More

Image

Sabic: Rapid demand growth led to Ultem shortage

December 18, 2014 12:06 pm ET

Sabic Innovative Plastics has been increasing production capacity for its Ultem polyetherimide but it still got caught short by increasing demand for ...    More

Image

Bubbles add some flair to 'Plain Jane' PET bottles

December 17, 2014 1:05 pm ET

Ron Puvak and the folks over at Plastic Technologies Inc. see big things coming from some very tiny bubbles.    More

McCann expanding in Ohio

December 17, 2014 11:59 am ET

Compounding firm McCann Plastics will spend $1.2 million on an expansion project that will create 15 new jobs at its plant in Green, Ohio.    More

Image

New extruders, repelletizer to improve production for InterGroup

December 17, 2014 6:00 am ET

InterGroup International Ltd. will install new, larger extruders and repelletizers at all three of its plastic scrap recycling locations in 2015.    More

Market Reports

Flexible Packaging Trends in North America

Our latest RESEARCH report examines trends in FLEXIBLE PACKAGING impacting the North American market including a review of economic conditions, key drivers of growth, materials pricing, M&A activity, sustainability challenges and the outlook for 2015.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 billion plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our analysts provide insight on business trends, foreign investment, top end markets and plastics processing activity. The report also provides important data on exports, production, employment and value of plastics products manufactured.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

October 27, 2015 - October 29, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - New York - 2015

More Events