Designing for Recyclability
Our goal at Yerecic Label is to encourage brand owners to actively explore sustainable packaging alternatives with their suppliers and to design for recycling whenever possible, even if the stream does not yet exist. As a result of these initiatives, we will be one step closer to a completely circular economy for plastics in packaging.
What is the Association of Plastic Recyclers Preferred Design Recognition?
The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) Preferred Design Recognition Program recognizes materials, components, and complete packages that are considered Preferred in the APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability. This program consists of an evaluation by the APR Design® Guide Administrator and technical staff, measuring the candidate item against each APR Design® Guide criterion for a Preferred design.
Yerecic Label is thrilled to announce that they have been formally recognized by the APR Preferred Design Recognition Program for a complete label construction applied to PET packaging. Yerecic Label’s new SustainLabel!® Preferred Design Recognition label construction ensures confirmation of the technical compatibility of a pressure sensitive label with today’s industrial plastics recycling processes for PET per the Preferred Design Recognition Program protocol.
Categories of Packaging Recyclability
Recycle Check, from The Recycling Partnership, allows brands to communicate about recycling, while easily navigating the complex recycling landscape and reducing risk. It is a package-specific labeling solution that provides localized recycling information to consumers across the U.S. in seconds via a dynamic link or QR code, backed by a state-of-the-art database of community-level recycling information.
This program requires a paid partnership with Recycle Check, recyclingpartnership.org/recyclecheck to learn more!
FTC Green Guides should direct on-pack communication
It is deceptive to misrepresent, directly or by implication, that a product or package is recyclable. A product or
package should not be marketed as recyclable unless it can be collected, separated, or otherwise recovered from
the waste stream through an established recycling program or reuse or use in manufacturing or assembling another item.
RECYCLED CONTENT CLAIMS
It is deceptive to misrepresent, directly or by implication, that a product or package is made of recycled content. Recycled content includes recycled raw material, as well as used, reconditioned, and re-manufactured components.