The Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers represents more than 90 percent of the installed post-consumer plastics recycling capacity in North America. We hope Plastics News can help us clarify a possible misunderstanding in a program of the association.
APR actively promotes its Champions for Change program of cooperative testing of new concepts for effect on the recyclability of plastic bottles. As the APR Web site, plasticsrecycling.org, states, the program helps bottle makers and users learn if new concepts are compatible with the existing plastics recycling infrastructure and helps the recycling industry stay abreast of changes and provide input when alterations are needed.
The program benefits all stakeholders by keeping the stream of used bottles economically tractable within the evolving reclaiming technology. We encourage interested parties to read the details of the cooperative program on the Web site and to contact APR before introducing new bottles to the marketplace.
APR recognizes the voluntary participants of the Champions for Change program in several ways. Companies that have completed a program of testing to their and the recyclers' satisfaction are recognized with the Partners for Change Award. This award is not a certificate of recyclability or an assurance that bottles will be recycled. The award recognizes the good-faith efforts of the packaging company in working with the reclaiming industry. The outcome is not being recognized; the participation is being recognized.
APR also recognizes the actions of packaging companies that make exceptional efforts to maximize the recyclability of new bottles or change a concept to improve the recyclability of a new bottle. This award is the Design for Recyclability Award. Again, the award does not construe assured recyclability, but does recognize commitment on the part of the packaging company that goes the extra measure.
APR does not certify recyclability. APR recognizes positive contributions.
The plastic bottle-making industry, materials suppliers, and post-consumer bottle recyclers have enthusiastically received the Champions for Change program.
This win-win effort encourages constructive innovation and needed growth in the supply of usable bottles to keep the reclaiming industry healthy.
Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers