APR acknowledges recycle-readiness of AmPrima™ PE Plus heat resistance

20 August 2020

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has notified Amcor that the AmPrima™ PE Plus recycle ready solution with heat-resistance has met APR’s responsible innovation requirements for moulded parts and films over three mils in thickness.

Amcor’s AmPrima recycle ready solutions offer customers a more sustainable choice for their flexible packaging needs without compromising performance. AmPrima PE Plus with heat resistance was developed to meet more critical requirements for demanding applications such as flow-wraps, pouches with spouts, lidding and more.

AmPrima PE Plus solutions meet all the performance expectations of non-recyclable laminates, and satisfy customers’ needs for more complex options for strength, stiffness, clarity, higher line speeds, fitments, graphics and print finishes in a recycle-ready format.

“The review committee commends Amcor for its efforts in providing a comprehensive submission, including additional data from testing per the APR PE film benchmark test,” wrote APR President Stephan Alexander in a letter to Amcor highlighting the acknowledgment dated July 17.

The APR Responsible Innovation program is part of an overall effort to improve the quality of recycled packaging by helping innovators gauge the recycling consequences of products.

Available in a wide variety of formats, including pouches, flat-bottom, roll stock and lidding, AmPrima products are designed to be compatible with PE film recycling streams in the U.S.

“AmPrima products can deliver as much as a 60 percent reduction in non-renewable energy use over equivalent non-recyclable options,” said Amcor Flexibles North America Sustainability Director Fabio Peyer. “It also offers as much as a 46 percent reduction in carbon footprint and an 18 percent reduction in water consumption .”

The acknowledgement from APR comes on the heels of the June release of a pilot test report by the Materials Recovery for the Future (MRFF) consortium, which successfully demonstrated the ability to collect, separate and prepare flexible plastic packaging for reuse in a large, single-stream materials recovery facility, effectively keeping it out of landfills and the environment.

About Amcor

Amcor is a global leader in developing and producing responsible packaging for food, beverage, pharmaceutical, medical, home- and personal-care, and other products. Amcor works with leading companies around the world to protect their products and the people who rely on them, differentiate brands, and improve value chains through a range of flexible and rigid packaging, specialty cartons, closures, and services. The company is focused on making packaging that is increasingly light-weighted, recyclable and reusable, and made using a rising amount of recycled content. Around 50,000 Amcor people generate US$13 billion in sales from operations that span about 250 locations in 40-plus countries.