The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has added new Preferred Design Recognition (PDR) eligible packaging components for its APR Design for Recyclability Recognition Program.  

US-based APR is an international non-profit organisation focused on improving plastics recycling. 

PDR now encompasses 24 packaging components and the new items added include blow moulded PET bottles and containers, PET packaging constructs, and mono-material PE stretch and collation shrink films.  

These additions aim to assist manufacturers in meeting the increasing demand for recyclable packaging and provide third-party validation of design compatibility with the North American recycling system. 

APR PDR programme director Ruben Nance said: “Since its inception, the APR Design Recognition Program has reviewed and recognised packaging from more than 120 companies and has led to the mainstream adoption of impactful innovations. 

“One recognised component may be used on hundreds, if not thousands of different packages, so that one component can have a massive impact on plastics packaging sustainability. 

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“The APR Design Recognition Program provides a simple way to identify these types of trusted solutions from suppliers.” 

The APR has also upgraded its Library of Recognized Solutions, which now features enhanced search, sort, and filter functions. 

The library’s improvements include real-time inclusion of new products and ongoing enhancements to searchability and categorisation. 

These updates enable brand and retailer procurement teams to efficiently identify and validate recyclable packaging options.  

APR president & CEO Steve Alexander said: “More companies than ever are taking action to improve the recyclability of their packaging which means less waste, more efficient use of limited natural resources, and more high-quality PCR.”  

He added: “We look forward to recognising companies that demonstrate their commitment to developing sustainable packaging solutions.”