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RECYCLERS RANKING 2019

APR releases expanded recycling guidelines
By Jim Johnson
Plastics News Staff
A trade group devoted to the
promotion of plastics recycling is
out with new guidance regarding
the handling of used PET.
The Association of Plastic Recyclers has released an expansion of
the APR Design Guide for Plastics
Recyclability that now includes
new PET screening tests and an
updated inventory of PET test protocols.

"Not only did we streamline the
format of our testing protocols, but
we made sure they address current
package designs," APR Chairman
Jaime Cámara said in a statement.
Changes in the PET Critical Guidance Protocol include separating
clear PET resin and molded items
from clear PET items with labels
and closures.
"These changes are consistent
with our effort to ensure that the
APR Design Guide has impact as
a reference document that brand

owners can use to meet the demands and recycling standards
for the global marketplace," APR
President Steve Alexander said in a
statement. "With the surge of sustainability commitments by global
brand owners, this update is particularly relevant."
APR now is working on changes
to guidance for polyethylene film
recycling. The group also is updating its rigid olefins tests, protocols
and related guidance. This work
will be available on the APR's web-

site and should be completed this
year.
APR, meanwhile, also is out with
that it calls "Five for Focus" regarding PET bottle design.
This effort involves keys to PET
container designs that can negatively impact recycling.
The five areas include attached
metal components, glycol-modified PET sleeve labels, pressure-sensitive labels, barrier labels
and PETG extruded blow molded
containers.

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PET and PETG are not compatible in the recycling stream. PETG is
a copolymer that includes PET and
ethylene glycol.
"As a processor of post-consumer PET material, problematic bottles present very real challenges
for operations like ours in terms
of contamination and yield loss,"
Chief Operating Officer Byron Geiger of Indorama Ventures Sustainable Solutions LLC in a statement.
Geiger also is chairman of the trade
group's PET Technical Committee.

Aaron, Milliken
pave way for
better recycled PP
By Frank Esposito
Plastics News Staff
Cleveland - Aaron Industries
Corp. has partnered with Milliken
to improve compounds based on
recycled polypropylene.
Aaron launched Jet-Flo-brand
recycled PP compounds. The high
melt flow materials use Milliken's
DeltaMax-brand
performance
modifier.
At the Compounding World
Expo, held May 8-9 in Cleveland,
officials with both firms said that
Jet-Flo promotes sustainability
and cost savings by adding value
to recycled PP. The new materials
also allow for production of thinner, lighter parts that require less
material and energy.
"Molders are under pressure
to make lower-cost items and to
use less plastic in their finished
parts," Aaron Vice President Robert Tocci said. "It had been hard
to make thinner products with
recycled polypropylene without
making them brittle.
"Milliken came through with
this material," he added. "We've
received a great response from
some of our current customers."
Jet-Flo is regionally available in
eastern parts of the U.S. and Canada and is available as black and
gray pellets. It's aimed at housewares and similar applications
such as DVD cases and caps and
closures.
Aaron and Milliken worked together on the material for seven
months before starting commercial production in April.
"We're excited about working
with Aaron," said Emily Blair,
business development manager
with Milliken in Spartanburg, S.C.
"We hope to make this the start of
branded products with good environmental performance."
Officials added that Jet-Flo is
among the first recycled PP materials to combine two properties that
are normally mutually exclusive:
extremely high melt flow index
and good impact performance.
Those attributes make Jet-Flo
an excellent choice for economical, highly durable thin-wall parts,
they added. By adding value to recycled PP, officials said, Aaron is
helping to encourage broader use
of sustainable alternatives to virgin PP resin.


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