Recycled Content is a podcast from the Association of Plastic Recyclers.
Ep 27:Examining the EPR Legislation Wave and CA SB 54 with Bruce Magnani
Host and APR's VP of Communications and Public Affairs, Kara Pochiro, is joined by Bruce Magnani, APR’s Legislative Advocate in California, and VP of Houston Magnani Associates. Kara and Bruce start by breaking down the basics of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and California’s SB 54 that focuses on packaging. The two discuss the EPR wave that is passing through various state legislatures, why it took multiple legislative sessions for it to pass in CA, catalysts for the bill, covered materials, key targets, and timelines. They then answer member’s questions about SB 54 regarding recycling rates, whether this law is being used as a copy & paste law for other states, and determining the classification of certain types of packaging now with this new law in place. To learn more about plastics recycling, head to www.plasticsrecycling.org.
Ep 26: A New Model for Plastics Circularity - The Full Recycling Process Under One Roof at Firststar Fiber
Host and APR's VP of Communications and Public Affairs, Kara Pochiro, is joined by Dale Gubbels, the 2023 Advocacy Champion Award recipient and CEO of Firstar Fiber. Dale and Kara break down Dale's early days of recycling and how Firstar Fiber has evolved into one of the largest materials recycling facilities (MRFs) in the Midwest. They decode Firstar's successful business model - diversifying sources other than single stream, enhancing people's awareness of recycling, and value-adding to hard-to-recycle plastics with the Hefty® ReNew® orange bag program. They also talk about the importance of working with local markets and it being the foundation of Firstar's success.
Ep 25: Package Design for Recyclability – A Deep Dive into PET Plastics
On this week’s episode, APR’s VP of Communications and Public Affairs, Kara Pochiro, is joined by Curt Cozart, Chief Operating Officer of APR and lead of the APR Design® Guide Training Program and other technical projects. Kara and Curt continue the conversation on package design from the last episode, diving into the world of PET, a plastic often used for beverage bottles, and also one of the most commonly recognized types of recyclable packaging. The discussion focuses on what packaging features can affect recyclability, APR’s recyclability categories, the collection, sortation, and processing of PET plastics, as well as some of the issues with colored PET. To read more in-depth about the APR Design® Guide or to learn more about plastics recycling, head to www.plasticsrecycling.org.
Ep 24: Designing with Detail: A Look at Package Design for Recyclability with Ruben Nance
On this episode of Recycled Content, host Kara Pochiro is joined by Ruben Nance, Program Director for the Meets Preferred Guidance (MPG) Recognition Program at APR. Ruben and Kara talk about what makes packages truly recycling compatible through an examination of APR’s Design Guide, the different Recognition Programs that APR offers, and the current strides being made by companies, including APR members, to push the industry in the right direction. Based on extensive work with reclaimers, designers, and a wide variety of technical experts the APR Design® Guide, along with the MPG and Critical Guidance recognitions, allow APR to be the leading authority and one of the most trusted voices when it comes to designing packages that are recycling compatible in every way.
Ep 23: Improving Recycling in a Comprehensive Way: The Positives Behind PCR, Recycled Content Requirements, and EPR
This week on the pod, APR’s VP of Communications and Public Affairs Kara Pochiro is joined by not one but two Kates- APR’s Chief Policy Officer Kate Bailey and APR’s Program Director Kate Eagles. Kara sits down with both Kates to discuss their recent APR blog post highlighting the importance of post-consumer resin (PCR) as an integral part in reducing the environmental impacts of plastic packaging. They also chat about new Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) laws, post-consumer recycled content requirements, and their ability to encourage homes and businesses to recycle more. To read more in-depth about this issue or to learn more about plastics recycling in general, head to www.plasticsrecycling.org.
Ep 22: Plastic Recycling Conference Predictions with Dan Leif
As we get ready for this year’s Plastics Recycling Conference, a gathering of over 2000 power players in plastics and recycling industries, the Recycled Content team welcomes back Dan Leif, managing editor at Resource Recycling, Inc. Host Kara Pochiro and Dan discuss hot topics in plastics recycling that will be covered at the conference, including the issues that keynote speaker Monica Medina, Assistant Secretary for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs at the State Department, will address. Tune in to hear insights from Dan on how to improve plastics recycling to keep up with the times, the latest market trends, and how universities are vital to recruiting the next generation of industry innovators.
Glad to see these in depth topics around recycled content