The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) is the international trade association representing the plastics recycling industry. APR actively seeks new ways to strengthen economically viable and environmentally responsible recycling of postconsumer (materials which has served its intended use) plastics. In North America, there is an ever growing demand for recyclable plastics to meet the growing demand for recycled resin material. Rigid plastics, found “behind the counter” in full-line supermarkets, provide valuable feedstock to plastic reclaimers and can help fulfill this demand.
This APR website, developed with assistance from the American Chemistry Council, has been created for the grocery store industry as they “green” their operations, both financially and environmentally, by recycling rigid plastics. There’s great value in recycling grocery rigid plastics – when a 1,000 pound OCC bale’s value was $70, the same size bale of #2 HDPE or #5 PP’s value was $250. Recycling grocery rigids is the third component of a balanced grocery recycling program: recovering corrugated cardboard, plastic film and rigid plastics. This website is the “go to” source for implementing and operating a grocery rigid plastic recycling program.
This Guidebook - “How to Recycle Grocery Rigid Plastics” has been developed by the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR), with assistance from the American Chemistry Council. It includes important data gathered from pilot programs conducted for APR by Brown Sustainability Solutions with two partners - Hannaford and Stop & Shop. During the 6 month pilot programs, key lessons were learned on how to best approach grocery rigid plastic recycling. This HOW TO Guidebook is the result of 2-1/2 years of work that included two studies. It has been created to provide a useful tool for the grocery industry, as they look for new ways to “green” their operations.
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