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July 23, 2012
The Washington-based APR said in a news release that the new guidance, the Sleeve Label Substrate for PET Bottles Critical Guidance Document, addresses several key label design issues that affect the removal of the labels in recycling process and quantifies the effects of label residue on PET bottle recycling. The APR’s aim with the document is to help packaging decision makers, through testing and data interpretation, select label substrates and materials more compatible with PET bottle recycling than some of the current choices.
The new guidance protocolstreamlines the testing for full body labels on PET bottles, omitting some tests considered not relevant to the labels and expanding on other subjects in the existing PET Bottle Critical Guidance Document, in an effort to reduce testing cost and increase use of the protocol.
“We see a tremendous amount of concern regarding the presence of full sleeve labels on PET bottles and the impact of the labels on the ability of bottles with such labels to be reclaimed using existing recycling technology,’ said APR President Steve Alexander.
“This protocol of testing and data guidance addresses some key issues including quantitative measurement of the tendency of label material residue to clump,” said Dave Cornell, APR technical director.
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Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.
Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.
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