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Meeting the Growing Demand for Plastics with Advanced Recycling

There’s a growing form of recycling called advanced recycling. This differs from mechanical recycling, which is the traditional process of physically separating plastics, breaking it down, and cleaning it to manufacture plastic pellets for use in new packaging. In advanced recycling, plastics are broken down into their molecular building blocks. Advanced recycling typically alters the …

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The Understanding Packaging (UP) Scorecard Measures Food Packaging Sustainability

The Understanding Packaging (UP) Scorecard is a free online tool that measures food packaging materials to help people make sustainable purchasing decisions. The easy-to-use web-based tool assesses the sustainability impacts of common foodware and food packaging. Pollution, chemicals of concern, climate, water use, sustainable sourcing, and recoverability are scored by the science-based tool which was …

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APR’s ‘Meets Preferred Guidance (MPG) Review’ Program

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), a trade association for the plastics recycling industry, launched its Meets Preferred Guidance (MPG) Review Program to recognize companies that develop packaging that meets the “APR Preferred” status based on their definition of recyclability. Through the program, the APR gives an independent assessment of packaging materials, components, and finished …

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Recycling Doesn’t Have to be Spooky for Halloween

As you plan for Halloween, don’t be haunted by fears about how to recycle. We have some easy tips to make your Halloween recycling-friendly. If you host a Halloween party, make recycling bins easily accessible to guests. Place them in visible locations next to trash cans. Recycle used bottles after Halloween using curbside recycling. If …

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How to Identify Recycled Products

You recycle your used packaging so that it can be made into new packaging and other useful products. But how can you identify those newly made products so that you can purchase them and therefore help complete the recycling loop? As you shop, check the labels of products to look for terms like “made with …

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