Chemical Recycling Alliance Is Now the Advanced Recycling Alliance for Plastics

The American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Chemical Recycling Alliance has changed its name to the Advanced Recycling Alliance for Plastics (ARAP) to reflect its growing membership and variety of advanced recycling technologies represented. ARAP also announced three new members: GreenMantra Technologies, Chevron Phillips Chemical, and Ravago Recycling Group. ARAP says the organization is “at the forefront” in representing the rapidly growing advanced recycling and recovery sector for plastics.

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“ARAP and ACC’s Plastics Division members are working to help answer increasing calls for solutions that enable society to use and reuse our valuable plastic resources and to overcome growth barriers for these innovative technologies,” said Prapti Muhuri, ACC’s Manager of Recycling and Recovery and staff lead for ARPA. “Advanced plastics recycling is one of the fastest growing solutions to America’s plastic waste concerns, and will help the plastics industry realize its goal of recycling or recovering all plastic packaging by 2040.”

ARAP started 2020 with an advanced recycling workshop at February’s Plastics Recycling Conference in Nashville, TN. The workshop helped educate attendees about these technologies, addressed concerns and questions from the value chain, and offered attendees options for getting engaged with advanced recycling, noted the ARAP’s information.

In addition to communicating the sustainability benefits and environmental potential of advanced recycling technologies at the Plastics Recycling Conference, ARAP members supported the advocacy for modernized requirements in Iowa, Tennessee, Texas, Illinois, and Ohio that recognize advanced recycling as manufacturing operations instead of disposal operations. In previous years, similar recognition was passed in legislation in Florida, Georgia, and Wisconsin.

Commenting on the value of Ravago’s membership in the ARAP, Robert Render, Commercial Manager of Ravago Recycling Group said, “We’re pleased to work with the advanced plastics recycling value chain that ARAP represents. These technologies produce a variety of different outputs and complement mechanical recycling, and ARAP’s work will help scale these technologies.”

“We are looking forward to working with our new members and our partner organizations to grow the work of ARAP in 2020,” added Muhuri.

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