APR, the Association of Plastic Recyclers, has recently published a new testing protocol that determines whether film packaging is compatible with the current recycling infrastructure. The PE Film Critical Guidance Test Protocol, the result of intensive industry collaboration, has been developed as an addition to the APR Design Guide for Plastics Recyclability.
“PE film and flexible packaging is a fast-growing segment for consumer brands,” said Sandi Childs, APR’s Director of Films and Flexible Packaging. “The ability to measure compatibility with recycling is vital to keeping a clean stream of materials flowing to recyclers from retail store drop-off bins.”
To achieve APR Critical Guidance Recognition, companies must first successfully complete the protocol with a 3rd party testing laboratory, and then present the results to APR for formal review and approval. Simply completing the test without APR final review does not allow a company to publicly present compliance with The APR Design Guide for Plastics Recyclability.
Once approved by APR, companies are eligible to market their innovation as formally recognised by APR and compatible with current recycling infrastructure.
“Cleaner supply results in more efficient processing, lower cost, and higher quality PCR that ultimately delivers products consumers want to buy,” explained Jon Stephens, President of Natura PCR, LLC and the Chair of APR’s Film and Flexibles Technical Committee. “This test protocol was truly an effort that involved all participants in the PE film value chain.”
APR is also currently updating the PE Film Benchmark Test, a companion to the PE Film Critical Guidance Test Protocol, which will measure recycling compatibility with composite plastic lumber and thicker grade industrial films.