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APR adds six polypropylene categories to plastics recyclability Design Guide

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Recycling Sustainability

Six new packaging categories will be eligible for third-party validation of compatibility with North American recycling programs.

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) recently announced six new polypropylene packaging components eligible for its Preferred Design Recognition (PDR) program for North America, formerly known as Meets Preferred Guidance (MPG).

Officials with the Washington, D.C.-based organization said the program provides third-party validation ensuring products are compatible with the North American recycling system and have achieved preferred status according to the APR Design Guide for Plastics Recyclability.

The newly eligible packaging components include:

  • polypropylene (PP) base resins;
  • direct print for PP packaging;
  • closures, fitments and liners for PP containers;
  • complete and unprinted label constructions for PP packaging;
  • PP containers, bottles and rigid packages; and
  • PP packaging constructions

The APR says further expansion of the program will include polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and coloured high-density polyethylene (HDPE) containers and packaging constructions, as well as categories for natural HDPE packaging and PE films. A complete list of current and upcoming recognition categories is available here.


“Since its inception over 20 years ago, APR Design recognition has reviewed and recognized packaging from more than 120 companies, leading to the mainstream adoption of impactful innovations that improve the recyclability of plastic packaging and reduce plastic waste,” said Ruben Nance, APR’s Preferred Design Recognition program director. “The expansion of APR’s Preferred Design Recognition program will save time, effort and resources needed for brands and retailers to easily identify recyclable packaging solutions.”

There are three paths to APR Design recognition, depending on the item being submitted: preferred design, critical guidance and responsible innovation. All lead to the same level of recognition, APR officials said, which signifies that a product has met the highest criteria for recyclability according to the APR Design guide.

For component and packaging manufacturers, the APR says the program rewards the investment required to solve recycling challenges and replace problematic items. For brands and retailers, the organization adds the program provides confidence and reduces risk when making claims and complying with voluntary or legislative sustainable packaging requirements. The program also is designed to help increase the supply post-consumer recycled content (PCR).


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