Association reports marketplace acceptance for plastic postconsumer resin in packaging certification program
The Washington-based Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR) says its certification program for postconsumer (PCR) “has experienced growth in both the number of APR member companies that manufacture certified PCR, as well as APR endorsed companies that provide third-party certification.”
“As oil prices continue to plunge, we have seen virgin plastics being fraudulently sold as PCR,” remarks Steve Alexander, APR president and CEO. “Consumer brand companies looking to fulfill publicly stated sustainability commitments can feel confident that APR’s PCR Certification Program adheres to a clear, consistent definition of PCR. This program ensures that PCR receives the value it deserves.”
APR introduced the PCR Certification Program in late March 2020. The current list of APR members who manufacture certified PCR includes Houston-based Avangard Innovative LP; Canada-based EFS-Plastics Inc.; North Carolina-based Envision Plastics; Canada-based Merlin Plastics; Arkansas-based Revolution; and Pennsylvania-based Trigon Plastics.
“The APR PCR Certification Program promotes the critical link between the reclaimer manufacturing PCR and companies incorporating PCR into their products,” says Jaime Camara, CEO of Mexico City-based PetStar and chair of the APR board of directors. “The success of plastic recycling relies on consistent demand for PCR from brand companies and manufacturers. Companies and consumers must look beyond low prices. Recycling and using recycled content are the key ingredients to circularity, vital to best serving consumers and creating a more sustainable, less wasteful world.”
APR says its current list of endorsed certifiers includes:
- AM Testing & Services Inc., Downers Grove, Illinois;
- Green Circle Certified LLC, Royersford, Pennsylvania;
- SCS Global Services, Emeryville, California; and
- UL Verification Services Inc. Northbrook, Illinois.