The APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability is published to help package design engineers at consumer brand companies and converters create packaging that is fully compatible with plastics recycling systems in North America. APR Preferred package design can ensure that recyclers achieve high yields of marketable material with maximum productivity and minimal extra costs. Contamination in the recycling stream by poor package design impacts not only the recyclers, but also the brands creating the packaging - by reducing the quality of PCR that brands ultimately need to achieve their corporate sustainability goals.
APR’s Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability closes the loop between package designers and plastic recyclers with a forum allowing collaboration toward the common goal of creating a Circular Economy for plastics. Preferred package designs drive the Circular Economy by enabling the highest value end use applications for recycled plastic.
The APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability is the most comprehensive resource outlining the plastics recycling industry’s recommendations in the marketplace today. The content is regularly updated to ensure APR’s Recyclability Categories accurately reflect the operations and technology in use by today’s North American plastics recycling infrastructure. Although it is designed as an online resource, with links to all relevant information, a PDF of the complete document can be downloaded as well.
The APR Design® Guide specifically addresses plastic packaging, but the principles can be applied to all potentially recycled plastic items.
APR encourages package designers to utilize The APR Critical Guidance and Responsible Innovation programs, as well as the APR Design® Guide to create the most recyclable packaging. Assistance is available through APR or one of the APR member, independent laboratories found in the member directory.
This guide covers plastic items entering the postconsumer collection and recycling systems most widely used in industry today. These include curbside collection, processing in single stream and dual stream MRF’s, deposit container systems, mixed waste facilities, and grocery store rigid plastic and film collection systems. The impact of package design on automated sortation process steps employed in single stream MRFs and high volume reclamation processes is of primary consideration.
Before accessing the APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability the user should thoroughly understand the fundamentals of its concept as described in the scope, definition of recyclability and recyclability category tabs below.