The Association of Plastic Recyclers recently unveiled its updated APR Design Guide for Plastics Recyclability at its June Membership Meeting in San Antonio. Outline in the guide are detailed steps for packaging and design engineers to consider the implications of new products or containers in the recycling process.
The content was updated so that it more accurately reflects the plastic recycling infrastructure of North America with the goal of the guide being to to have packaging designed that is compatible with the recycling infrastructure:
“One of the biggest challenges facing plastic recyclers are containers that come through the stream that may have a negative impact on recycling,” stated Steve Alexander, APR President. “APR firmly believes that companies want to design packaging that is recyclable and sustainable. Both recyclers and product manufacturers often do not realize the implications of new products, until they have been brought to market, made it through the collection process, and contaminate the recycling stream.”