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  1. PPP, LLC: Post-consumer Recycled Resin Certified

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    At least 300 million tons of plastic waste are produced annually, with the United States as the world’s top generator. Because plastic takes almost a century to decompose, it poses severe health and environmental threats. This repercussion led to the call for business operations to use sustainable materials to manufacture and pack their products.

    Since about 91% of plastics are not recycled, some organizations took the initiative of repurposing plastic packaging and materials to decrease plastic waste in landfills. This resulted in using post-consumer recycled (PCR) resin and plastic as eco-friendly packaging alternatives to virgin plastic materials.

    Importance of Post-consumer Recycled Resin

    Post-consumer recycled resin is made from recycled plastics like water and beverage bottles and other plastic packaging and products. Typically, PCR resins are generated from plastic items that people use daily. Recycling firms buy plastic scrap and shred these materials to create fine granules that will be melted and reprocessed to develop post-consumer recycled materials.

    PPP, LLC understands the critical role of PCRs in reducing the dangers of plastics in the environment. Due to this, we are committed to repurposing plastic waste by producing recycled materials and sending them back to the manufacturing supply chain in various industries. Moreover, we are PCR certified and a part of the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), guaranteeing that we put value on quality, recyclability, and sustainability.

    Applications of Post-consumer Resin

    Like virgin plastic materials, post-consumer resins are widely used in numerous industries because of their versatility and durability. Listed below are some common post-consumer resin packaging applications:

    • Bag manufacturing
    • Electronics
    • Food
    • General retail packaging
    • Irrigation systems
    • Pharmaceutical

    Benefits of Post-consumer Resin

    With post-consumer resin, manufacturers can produce quality packaging materials without contributing to the environmental degradation caused by plastic waste. In addition, PCR resins can incorporate multiple types of recycled materials and meet specifications in size, shape, color, finish, and performance.

    Post-consumer resins also deliver the following benefits:

    • Decreases carbon footprint emission.
    • Limits negative environmental effects.
    • Reduces plastic waste contribution to landfills.
    • Lessens the need to generate new plastics from non-renewable materials.
    • Facilitates adherence to industry regulations.
    • Cuts operational costs.
    • Market zero-waste pledge to environmentally-conscious consumers.

    PPP, LLC is PCR Certified and an APR Member

    PPP, LLC being PCR certified guarantees customers that they are receiving recycled plastic resin in compliance with state and local regulations. To be PCR certified, a manufacturer must participate in a process involving quarterly reviews and an annual one that will either approve or deny PCR re-certification. PPP, LLC is proud to have been PCR certified year-after-year since it first received its PCR certification status.

    In addition to being PCR certified, PPP, LLC is also a part of the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), which fosters the growth and vitality of the plastics recycling industry over the long term through leadership and management commitment. With APR, customers are guaranteed that PCR certified manufacturers are constantly up-to-date with the latest PCR news and industry innovations.

    APR members comprise consumer product manufacturers, commercial and residential companies, and resin manufacturers. The organization helps them meet sustainability goals and prepare for upcoming industry regulation. This includes providing timely updates on regulatory developments that affect the industry, which can help members stay ahead of the curve and plan for future growth.

    Being a part of APR is a vital asset for those in the recycled plastic industry given that it is a great source for anything and all PCR goings, whether legal or informative, such as new,  innovative manufacturing practices within the industry, as well as that it is a channel for different members in the industry to connect and share ideas.

    Legal Compliances

    PPP, LLC complies with all legal requirements, ensuring that its products are environmentally friendly and made of post-consumer recycled materials. It follows various California regulations to be PCR certified and plays a critical role in supplying PCR-certified resin to plastic product manufacturers in compliance with California Assembly Bill 478, Senate Bill 270, and Senate Bill 54.

    Assembly Bill 478

    Assembly Bill 478 mandates that thermoformed plastic containers sold and distributed within California should contain a minimum of 20% PCR. This is one of various California bills that not only aims to reduce plastic waste, but that also aims to reduce the environmental impact of manufacturers.

    Senate Bill 270

    This legislation requires a certain percentage of PCR to be used in plastic products sold in the state. By promoting PCR, the bill aims to reduce waste and encourage sustainability in producing plastic products.

    Senate Bill 54

    This bill aims to reduce plastic waste by requiring plastic manufacturers to meet a specific minimum recycled content requirement for plastic products sold in the state. The bill is a step towards reducing the plastic industry’s waste.

    At PPP, LLC, we follow these legislations’ requirements to pass annual inspections and deliver sustainable developments to our patrons. Moreover, by being legally compliant, we can demonstrate our commitment to using PCR to help promote sustainable practices in the plastic industry.

    Sustainability Endeavors By PPP, LLC

    With our dedication to sustainability and environmental conservation, PPP, LLC intends to bring a new purpose to plastic waste by transforming them into post-consumer resins to produce recycled packaging materials. Our 50 years in the recycling industry allowed us to develop specializations in grinding, pelletizing, and recycling HDPE plastic and LDPE plastic scrap.

    Request a quote to partner with us today!

  2. California Recycling Law

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    Recycling is the conversion of discarded materials into new products or objects, significantly contributing to the global effort to reduce carbon footprint and waste. Consequently, individuals play a crucial role in this initiative. The greater the number of individuals who choose to recycle, the more significant the impact of the process.

    Over the years, the plastics industry has continuously launched advertising and marketing campaigns to persuade the general population that recycling can solve the plastic waste problem. However, there is no assurance that all plastic products are designed to be recyclable.

    In this article, we will dive into the discourse surrounding the authenticity of recyclable plastic products from seven manufacturers in California, as well as relevant recycling laws in the state.

    The Demand To Substantiate Recyclability Claims

    Recyclability marketing is widely discussed in California, with SB 270 mandating that plastic bag companies must certify that their products comply with the state’s recyclability regulations. The issue started when California Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta demanded seven plastic bag manufacturers to prove that their products are recyclable. He had requested that they provide evidence for their recyclability claims; otherwise, they could face a fine of millions of dollars or a ban on selling their products in the state.

    The manufacturers have confirmed that these containers meet the requirements for recyclable content and supply a significant portion of the bags used in California grocery stores. But despite their assertions and the mass consumer belief in recycling, it appears that their plastic bags are not recyclable in the conventional sense.

    Atty. Gen. Bonta did not believe that the seven manufacturers’ bags were being recycled or were recyclable within the state. However, he stated that he was open to and interested in evidence supporting or refuting the claims. Furthermore, the challenge to the companies followed the announcement of a broader and potentially longer-term investigation into plastics concerns.

    Relevant California Recycling Laws

    Recycling is a massive industry in California made up primarily of diverse companies — both large and small — engaged in various efforts and activities. The recycling loop can depict the industry’s full scope, which includes collection, manufacturing, and purchasing.

    Here are some of the state’s most relevant recycling laws and regulations:

    SB 270 (Single-Use Carryout Bag Ban)

    This bill aims to reduce the costs of managing plastic bag litter by prohibiting single-use plastic grocery bags in supermarkets and pharmacies. It also requires bag manufacturers and distributors who sell recyclable grocery bags in certain California stores to submit proof of certification via the Reusable Grocery Bag Reporting System (RGBRS).

    SB 343 (Truth in Labeling for Recyclable Materials)

    This bill seeks to end consumer confusion about which materials belong in the blue recycling bin. It also contributes to the reduction of contamination of recyclable materials, the removal of waste volume, and the improvement of recycling rates. Moreover, it imposes stricter limitations on recycling marketing claims for packaging in the state.

    RPPC Law (Rigid Plastic Packaging Container Law)

    This law was part of an initiative to lessen the volume of plastic waste disposed of in California dumpsites and increase the use of post-consumer recycled plastic. It requires manufacturers of products packaged in RPPCs to comply with one of several regulatory options, including a minimum of 25% post-consumer content, source reduction, and reusable or refillable RPPCs.

    Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law

    This law emphasizes increased commercial waste diversion to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It seeks to reduce GHG emissions by five million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents. It also requires the commercial sector to recycle 2 to 3 million tons of materials annually by 2020 and beyond.

    Choose PPP, LLC for Dependable Plastic Recycling Services

    Since 1967, PPP, LLC has been a full-service plastic recycling facility with the mission of reducing plastic waste by repurposing it. We offer expertise in the recycling, pelletizing, and grinding of both high-density and low-density polyethylene scraps.

    Eco-conscious businesses seek us out because they know they can rely on us for recycled resins of superior quality. Contact us today or request a quote for your plastic recycling needs, and we will be happy to work with you!