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Managing Editor  | October 2017

International plastics recycling organizations partner on testing protocols

The Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR), Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) and the European PET Bottle Platform (EPBP) have announced the formation of the Global Plastics Outreach Alliance, which will seek to coordinate efforts to create a Global Plastics Protocol.




Plastics recyclers have agreed to create a Global Plastics Protocol.
(Plastics Recyclers Europe)


The new alliance was recently announced by the PRE. The organizations will work together to form coordinated testing protocols and design guides for post-consumer recycled plastic products.


In addition, the Global Plastics Outreach Alliance will speak with one voice to advocate for the accepted protocols and standards.


“All of our organizations over the years have developed testing protocols to determine the recyclability of a package or innovation,” said Steve Alexander, President of APR, which is based in Washington, D.C.  “As consumer brand companies expand their focus on sustainability, we identified differences between our protocols, which may require a company to conduct three separate tests to achieve the same recyclability designation.


“We hope to clarify those differences and align all segments of our testing protocols. This exercise will also allow us to provide information to the New Plastics Economy (NPE) program of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.”


Ton Emans, President of Plastics Recyclers Europe, added, “There has been a tremendous amount of work done to date that greatly improved the ability of a package or material to be recycled from a design and collection standpoint.”


Andreas Christel, who represents EPBP, said, “In an ever-changing global economy, the last thing we need in the plastics recycling world is to make it more difficult for packaging engineers and designers to understand what protocol the innovation should address in order to assure recyclability. This effort will go a long way toward creating a truly global plastics recycling industry standard for certain resins.”


The new alliance will begin its advocacy for recycling protocols at the APR meeting in Pittsburgh, Pa. in October, the PRE meeting in Budapest, Hungary in November, and the Plastics Recycling Conference being held in Nashville, Tenn. in February 2018

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