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    • APR Rigid PlasticsRecycling Program Liz Bedard, Director The voice of plastics recycling
    • APR Rigid Plastics Recycling Program• National trade association• Representing those companies with over 90% of the post- consumer plastic processing capacity in North America. The voice of plastics recycling
    • APR Rigid Plastics Recycling Program• Increasing supply and reducing contamination• Developing packaging design protocols for greater recyclability• Using awards to recognize packages designed for recycling• Recognizing products made from recycled plastic• Stimulating a market for rigid non-bottle plastics The voice of plastics recycling
    • APR Rigid Plastics Recycling ProgramRecycling plastics beyond #1 and #2 plastic bottles is an issue for – • individuals, • recyclers, • brand name companies, • public policy maker, • collectors, • resin companies and • reclaimers.Consumers want to recycle more plastics AND a wide variety of industries want more plastics recycled! The voice of plastics recycling
    • APR Rigid Plastics Recycling Program Two ends of the equation – - are in sync…… Missing - a nationally focused effort to expand plastics recycling beyond #1 and #2 bottles The voice of plastics recycling
    • APR Rigid Plastics Recycling Program The is a membership committee and represents rigid plastic stakeholders –  generators, collectors  recyclers, reclaimers  brand names companies  resin producers  public policy makers…….at the table, committed to creating solutions. The voice of plastics recycling
    • APR Rigid Plastics Recycling Program• American Chemistry • Entropex Council • Envision Plastics• Avangard • Estee Lauder Companies, Inc.• Berry Plastics • Graham Recycling• Blue Ridge Plastics Company• BWAY • Harris Materials• Clean Tech Inc. • Haycore Canada Inc.• ConAgra Foods • IntegriCo Composites• Custom Polymers Inc • Kimberly-Clark• Dow Chemical Company • KW Plastics Recycling The voice of plastics recycling
    • APR Rigid Plastics Recycling Program• Lyondell Basell Industries • Pure Tech Plastics• Merlin Plastics Supply Inc. • ReCommunity• Milliken & Company • Recyc RPM• MRC Polymers • Rehrig Logistics• Moore Recycling • Ropak Manufacturing Company• NAPCOR • Solo Cup• NatureWorks LLC • Starbucks Coffee Company• North Carolina Div. of • Talco Plastics, Inc. Pollution Prevention • Waste Management – Recycle• Procter & Gamble Company America The voice of plastics recycling
    • APR Rigid Plastics Recycling Program National Rigid Plastics Bale Audit and Supply Analysis  APR Grocery Store Rigid Plastic Recycling Project  Bale Definition Subcommittee  Recycled Resins Subcommittee  ”Fit for Use” Project  Design for Recyclability The voice of plastics recycling
    • APR Rigid Plastics Recycling Program The Project………….. A National Rigids Plastics Bale Sort and assessment of potential supply of recyclable rigid plastics. Funded by APR Rigids Plastics Recycling Program members.An overview of where non-bottle rigid plastics recycling currently stands and what potential there is to expand it into the future. The voice of plastics recycling
    • APR Rigid Plastics Recycling Program The Issue……..Verifiable data was needed on –1. Composition of non-bottle rigid plastic bales and,2. Amount of non-bottle rigid plastic material still available in the waste stream to recycle. The lack of this data was seen as limiting expansion of non-bottle rigid plastics recycling. The voice of plastics recycling
    • APR Rigid Plastics Recycling Program The Project………….. Seven types of non-bottle rigid plastic balesfrom 24 US and Canadian material recovery facilities weresorted into 84 different product categories and resin types. EPA waste information, by plastic resin type,was compared to 11 state’s Waste Characterization Studies. The voice of plastics recycling
    • APR Rigid Plastics Recycling Program Sort Results… Pre-Picked Rigid Bales Non-PET/HDPE bottles, all household non-bottle containers (includes thermoform packaging, cups, trays, clamshells, fo od tubs) and all bulky rigid plastic The voice of plastics recycling
    • APR Rigid Plastics Recycling ProgramCompeting issues impact the data produced in state’s “Waste Characterization Studies”. Consequently, there is considerable discrepancy in the resulting data. However, generalizations and ranges were developed under this study.The full 77 page National Bale Audit, Market Destination & Supply Analysis for Rigid Plastics is available to purchase from the APR. The voice of plastics recycling
    • APR Rigid Plastics Recycling ProgramIt is imperative to address the demand side of the non- bottle rigid plastic recycling issue. • What type of non-bottle recycled resins are wanted? • What is the demand for these resins? • What are the desired physical properties? A subcommittee of brand name companies, plastic reclaimers/recyclers and resin producers are asking these questions and jointly searching for answers. The voice of plastics recycling
    • APR Rigid Plastics Recycling Program What type of recycled resins are wanted? • Which resin within the non-bottle rigid plastic stream presents the largest opportunity? - Polypropylene • Simultaneously, manufacturers throughout North America are interested in obtaining polypropylene post consumer recycled resin for their products. The voice of plastics recycling
    • APR Rigid Plastics Recycling Program What is the demand for these resins? What are the desired physical properties?• Winter 2011 “Fit for Use” Survey for Polypropylene• Brand Owners queried on their future polypropylene post consumer recycled resin (PP PCR) needs.• Resulting data provides “demand side” information to potential PP PCR suppliers specifying - • Potential demand quantities • Qualitative assessment of PCR resin properties The voice of plastics recycling
    • APR Rigid Plastics Recycling Program Winter 2011 “Fit for Use” Survey Is your What other application Is FDA performance When might Which PCR color extremely approval criteria or you use this might you use? sensitive to required? concerns are PCR? malodor? applicable? Melt Typical Enter your FDA Unique Flow Tonnage Odor Color Timeframeapplications application Approved Criteria Index Potential 1) Light color PCR 1) Yes 2) Gray (Blend 1) Yes Open usage 2) No more for darker 1) < 1 year 2) No response Pounds / than typical colors) 2) 1-3 years Year 3) Dark 3) 3-5 years The voice of plastics recycling
    • APR Rigid Plastics Recycling ProgramGrocery stores are great recyclers – OCC & film – and now want to pursue additional materials. What about “behind the counter” rigid plastics – frosting buckets, fish fillet boxes, salad pails? 1. Estimate annual volume & resin type of recyclable rigid plastics 2. Identify obstacles preventing future rigid plastics recycling In 2010, data was gathered from five grocery store chains, representing 1,214 stores from throughout US. The voice of plastics recycling
    • APR Rigid Plastics Recycling ProgramTwo Predominant Resin Types #5 Polypropylene (ranging from 45% to 70%) #2 HDPE (30% to 55%)Rigid Plastics Generation Rate Total – 354 million pounds/year Easily recoverable – 212 million pounds/year Bulky - 142 million pounds/year The voice of plastics recycling
    • APR Rigid Plastics Recycling Program• Storage• Labor• Lack of Revenue• Low waste disposal costs• Potential odor issues The voice of plastics recycling
    • APR Rigid Plastics Recycling ProgramTo determine “Best Operational Practices” to:1. Maximize volume of rigid plastics recovered2. Minimize recovery costs3. Maximize net revenue4. Address identified obstacles The voice of plastics recycling
    • APR Rigid Plastics Recycling Program Nationwide promotion of grocery store rigid plastics A user friendly, online resource providing grocery chains and others with information needed to implement rigid plastics recycling. The voice of plastics recycling
    • APR Rigid Plastics Recycling ProgramConducted for the last 3 years to provide a nationwide perspective, from both large and small states as well as urban and rural areas, on how and what types of plastics are currently being collected. Survey has revealed 3 consistent trends. The voice of plastics recycling
    • APR Rigid Plastics Recycling Program1. Shift from dual stream to single stream collection 2009 2010 2011 Single Stream 31 34 35 Dual Stream 8 7 7 Source Separated 1 1 1 Pilot Program(s) 2 1 1 Drop Off Only 1 3 3 Subscription 5 5 4 Total 48 51 51 The voice of plastics recycling
    • APR Rigid Plastics Recycling Program2. Municipalities are moving away from collecting only #1 and #2 plastics. #1-2 Collection 2009 2010 2011 All #1 & 2 Containers 8 5 4 #1 & 2 Bottles Only 10 10 8 TOTALS 18 15 12 The voice of plastics recycling
    • APR Rigid Plastics Recycling Program3. Municipalities are shifting their collection programs to “all containers” and to #1-7 plastics. #1-7 COLLECTION 2009 2010 2011 All #1-7 Containers 16 24 27 #1-7 Bottles Only 8 7 6 #1-7 Containers w/ some exceptions 6 4 5 TOTALS 30 35 38 The voice of plastics recycling
    • APR Rigid Plastics Recycling Program Ease communication between non-bottle rigid plastic bale generators and the marketplace by developing model bale specification that the industry accepts and uses. The voice of plastics recycling
    • APR Rigid Plastics Recycling Program PET/HDPE #3-7 Non-bottle Bulky Rigid Bottles Bottles Containers Plastics1.All Rigid Plastics X X X X2. Pre-picked Rigids X X X3. Bottles & Containers X X X4. Household Containers X X5. Tubs & Lids X HDPE only PE and PP only PE and PP only PE and PP only6. Olefin Bale7. Bulky Rigids X The voice of plastics recycling
    • APR Rigid Plastics Recycling Program Define the good and sought after versus the bad and to be avoided for thin-walled packaging. The voice of plastics recycling
    • APR Rigid Plastics Recycling ProgramThe format for thin walled injection molded containers, similar to existing guidelines will express preferences related to:*Density *Color Tolerance*Attachments: closures, labels *Inks and direct printing*Adhesives *Coatings and layers*Copolymers *Additives*Special considerations and what needs to be avoided. The task force will surveying APR members for input to substantiate decisions. The voice of plastics recycling
    • APR Rigid Plastics Recycling ProgramPolypropylene (PP)properties, such as the ability to light weight containers, that make it an attractive resin to many brand name companies. California “recycled content” law has also created a “demand pull” for PP. The voice of plastics recycling
    • APR Rigid Plastics Recycling Program The California State Legislature enacted the - Rigid Plastic Packaging Container (RPPC) statute -as part of an effort to reduce the amount of plastic waste disposed in California landfills and increase the use of recycled plastic. The law regulates companies who produce or generate products that are held in RPPCs, which are sold or offered for sale in California. The voice of plastics recycling
    • APR Rigid Plastics Recycling Program Compliance options for regulated RPPCs include containers that:• Are made from at least 25 percent postconsumer resin.• Are source-reduced (light-weighted) by 10 percent.• Are reused or refilled at least five times.• Have a recycling rate of 45 percent if it is a brand-specific or a particular type of RPPC. The voice of plastics recycling
    • APR Rigid Plastics Recycling Program Business Sustainability “Estee Lauder Companies is committed to the use of recycled plastics as part of our Cradle to Cradle design philosophy, and look forward to seeing an increase in the quality and supply of PCR materials.” John A Delfausse Chief Environmental Officer Estee Lauder Corporate Packaging The voice of plastics recycling
    • Domestic Markets Are ThrivingCourtesy of Moore Recycling Associates 2010 National Report on Post Consumer Non- Bottle Rigid Plastic Recycling funded by the American Chemistry Council. The voice of plastics recycling
    • Non-Comprehensive Buyers List Ecoplast Omni Resource Recovery APC Recycling Ekman Recycling Pacific West Recycling Avangard Innovative Entropex Services KW Plastics buildingBaycrest International Envision Plastics PARC Corp. a new wash line for Development Berg Mill Supply Excel Plastic Revolutions bulky rigid First Star Recycling Polimeros Nacionales Blue Ridge Plastics plastics, will helpHaycore Canada Polymer Network Bosgen Inc. IntegriCo Composites Putian Interntional process materials in International Alloys PWR International Carolina Fibre the USA Kal Trading Recycling RevolutionConcord Plastics, Inc. KMET International Recyc RPM Consolidated Scrap KW Plastics Premier Group Recycling Laudadio Polymers Smart International Resources Lynx Recyclers St. Joseph Plastics Corridor Recycling M & L Plastics Suncrest Recycling CSI Plastics Magic Bright Ltd. T & T Group Merlin Plastics Talco Plastics CRV Recovery Mings Recycling United Fibers Denton Plastics Multi-Link International Universal Commodity Nextlife Enterprises Services New Wave Plastics Vista Paper Recycling Waste Management Zmax USA The voice of plastics recycling
    • The Current Landscape for Non-Bottle Mixed Rigid Plastics Recycling Request a copy of the final report Alison Briggs Resource Recycling, Inc. ali@resource-recycling.com The voice of plastics recycling
    • Searching for a market for non-bottle rigid plastics…..Connecting Recycled Plastics Buyers and Suppliers…….• For all types of scrap plastic (from bales to post consumer resin).• This site is NOT intended for the general public or household plastics.• Can search site, by resin type, for small amount of scrap plastics (less than 40,000 lbs) or by truckloads of material. The voice of plastics recycling
    • APR Rigid Plastics Recycling ProgramExpanding domestic recycling of rigid plastics beyond #1 and #2 bottles is certainly a challenge. But, the challenge has been taken on by the APR Rigid Plastics Recycling Program, as well as many others.The Program looks ahead to an exciting year of continuing to address non-bottle rigid plastic recycling supply and demand issues. The voice of plastics recycling
    • APR Rigid Plastics Recycling Program Liz Bedard, Director APR Rigid Plastics Recycling Program 1001 G Street, NW Washington, DC 20001 ebedard18@gmail.com The voice of plastics recycling