Robin Cotchan has been appointed full-time staff manager for the Association of Postcon-sumer Plastic Recyclers, a Wash-ington-based trade group. A veteran of the Packaging Services Division and the Styrene Information and Research Center for the Society for the Plastics Industry Inc., Cotchan will coordinate the recycling group's cooperative efforts to boost recycling and to educate the industry and the public on plastics recycling.
In a telephone interview, Cotchan, who assumes the APR duties June 3, said it is too early to say what approach she will take in steering the APR's activities. She will be APR's first full-time manager.
Most APR members are plastics recycling companies. APR has worked with Washington-based SPI and the American Plastics Council on a variety of recycling issues, including review of the latter organization's yearly survey of plastics recycling rates, and reviewing the SPI's resin identification codes. APR also developed guidelines for recyclers to streamline the collection and processing of scrap plastics.
``With a full-time manager, it will be possible to add greater focus to our activities,'' said Dennis Sabourin, of Wellman Inc., and an official of APR. ``It will help as we explore several opportunities for joint research and educational projects with APC.''
Earlier this year, APR and APC jointly developed a kit of promotional materials and public service announcements to help communities improve collection of plastic bottles. The two groups also are planning for a global meeting on plastics in the environment, to be held in 1997.