American Chemistry Council recognizes Amcor, APR and P&G

Amcor, the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) and Procter & Gamble (P&G) have received 2017 Innovation in Plastics Recycling Awards from the Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), Washington.

The awards recognize technologies, products and initiatives that demonstrate innovations in plastics recycling.

“This year’s award recipients are doing critical work to help support and grow domestic end markets for recycled plastics,” says Craig Cookson, senior director of recycling and energy recovery for ACC.

Amcor, with corporate offices in Zurich, created a monomaterial plastic pouch that contains 20 percent postconsumer recycled (PCR) plastic. The pouch can be recycled along with other monomaterial plastic bags and product overwraps at drop-off locations across the U.S. Method is the latest company to use Amcor’s pouch.

APR, based in Washington, launched its Recycling Demand Champions Campaign to encourage recycled plastics’ use in durable products. Demand Champions commit to purchase “work in progress” items, such as crates, totes and pallets, that contain PCR resin.

Cincinnati-based P&G worked with PureCycle Technologies to develop recycling technology for polypropylene (PP), increasing end-market applications. P&G plans to use the recycled PP, which other companies can purchase through PureCycle, in its packaging. (See www.RecyclingToday.com/article/polypropylene-recycling-game-changing-innovation for more information.)

Closed Loop Partners suggests interventions designed to increase the US PET recycling rate

Closed Loop Partners, New York, has released “Cleaning the rPET Stream,” a new study looking at recycling system interventions that the organization says could increase the recycling rate for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) by 6 percent and close the loop on an additional 80 million pounds of PET bottles annually without the introduction of new recycling carts.

The report, including an analysis of recommended interventions, is available at www.closedlooppartners.com/cleaning-the-rpet-stream.

Focusing on U.S. infrastructure for sorting and processing postconsumer recycled PET (rPET) for bottle and container uses, the study looks at cost drivers for producing rPET, including high levels of contamination and yield loss commonly found in curbside PET bales.

Closed Loop Partners Managing Partner Ron Gonen says, “We commissioned this study to identify systemwide opportunities to improve current rPET infrastructure and scale the use of postconsumer recycled PET nationally. We believe there are investable opportunities that benefit municipalities, the PET recycling industry and end users by making rPET a more desirable material that competes with virgin.”

Closed Loop Partners says that if its suggested systemwide interventions were implemented, “the result would be a stronger system, more resilient in riding out the storms. We would also see a reversal of the recent negative trends in PET recycling rates, with meaningful increases in the quantity and quality of PET going through the system.”

Ann Arbor, Michigan-based RRS provided research and analysis for the study with input from the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), Washington, and NAPCOR, Florence, Kentucky. The study was part of Closed Loop Partners’ broader research initiative to provide insights to investors on the capital landscape for recycling and circular supply chains.