Polyplastics receives recycling recognition

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has granted Polyplastics USA Critical Guidance Recognition for containers made from high-gloss high-density polyethylene (HDPE) with an outer layer made from 20% cycloolefin copolymer (TOPAS 8007F-600).

The APR approval shows that TOPAS COC from Polyplastics is compatible with the HDPE recycling stream.

To meet the packaging industry’s needs for a circular economy, Polyplastics is aggressively developing the necessary data to support industry-wide sustainability efforts. In this way, companies can confidently use COC to improve the performance of recyclable products.

The Critical Guidance Recognition of the APR follows the certification of TOPAS COC as a recyclable material last year by the independent European test laboratory institute cyclos-HTP. In Europe, TOPAS materials are the first cyclic olefin resins in the industry that are considered recyclable with polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) for film and injection molding applications.

The APR is an international trade association that represents the plastics recycling industry and has taken the lead in setting standards for plastics recyclability for US recyclers.

“This APR award for COC is an important development for brand owners, manufacturers and processors looking for recycled packaging solutions to meet today’s broad sustainability needs,” said Paul Tatarka, Market Development Manager at Polyplastics USA. “We can now provide important evidence that COC in HDPE can be used and recycled in hard blow molding applications.”

Blow molded HDPE containers with 20% COC outer layer represent a very demanding test condition. This package meets the strictest APR Critical Guidance criteria of the HDPE-CG-01 procedure and the bottle-to-bottle test protocol of the APR. These APR protocols are designed to improve the quality of the recycled bottle stream by helping companies make informed decisions about the impact of packaging solutions.

Polyplastics is actively working with current customers to develop extrusion blow molded (EBM) rigid containers for personal care applications. The company will also work with APR to meet its critical guidelines for the use of COC in flexible film recycling streams.

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