U.S.-based Association of Plastic Recyclers is launching a new global design catalog to help companies navigate various plastics recycling guidelines around the world.
APR has published frequent updates its own Design Guild for Plastics Recyclability, but has often talked about the difficulties for companies to navigate different guidelines around the globe.
So the Feb. 17 launch of the APR Global Design Catalog creates what the trade group calls "comprehensive resource to access the most current plastic packaging recyclability guidelines for countries and regions around the world."
"Due to the differences in operational recycling systems and EPR [extended producer responsibility] requirements among countries, harmonizing design for recyclability across the globe is a challenging endeavor," APR CEO Steve Alexander said in a statement.
APR had set out, about five years ago, to work with similar groups in other countries to explore standardizing design for recyclability guidelines. But the group learned that is no easy task because of cultural, packaging and processing differences around the world.
"A couple years ago, we realized harmonizing is going to be really tough. Because there's a lot of different organizations involved and those organizations are structured differently," APR Chief Operating Officer Curt Cozart said. "At the same time, everybody needed to know. The people who are designing needed to know what's happening around the world."