Recently published articles by Plastics News, “APC to cut funds for recyclers' group APR” [Nov. 8, Page 4] and “Breakup may revive jilted recyclers group” [Viewpoint, Nov. 15, Page 6] are, unfortunately, very misleading.
During the past decade, the American Plastics Council financially supported the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers' administrative efforts, with some additional funding provided for specific projects.
Over the years as APR became more self-supporting, APC's financial contribution for administrative functions gradually decreased, as agreed upon by APR and APC.
In 2005, APC will provide increased project financial support to the reclamation industry where it is needed most — actual projects that can put more plastic bottles in the hands of APR members.
It's a chance for APC and APR to look outside the box and come up with fresh project ideas that can increase plastic bottle recycling.
APC historically funded and continues to fund projects that increase the pounds of plastics recycled. Some of these efforts are: All Plastic Bottles collection program, community education and outreach, technical assistance, markets referral, and “best practices” development.
In reaching our agreement for project-based funding for 2005, we all agreed this can be a terrific opportunity for APC and APR to work together to pioneer new and innovative efforts that will increase recycling of plastic bottles.
American Plastics Council