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Discussions about plastics and recycling can be filled with industry acronyms and technical language. Here’s a list of commonly used terms and their definitions to aid your understanding.



When it comes to ending plastic waste, there are no easy answers, but asking questions is a productive beginning. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about plastic and recycling.

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The Wrap Recycling Action Program (WRAP) is a national public education and outreach initiative aimed at increasing plastic film recycling by doubling the amount of recycled polyethylene (PE) bags, wraps and film. WRAP brings together a range of stakeholders including government, businesses, industry and non-profit groups through a platform that builds local or regionally based consumer education campaigns throughout the country to increase plastic film recycling.


Save with Plastics Calculator

How much could your organization save by replacing alternative material containers and packaging with plastics? Use our interactive tool to estimate the weight and volume savings for your company, as well as the potential reduction to municipal solid waste (MSW) in landfills.

Design for Recyclability

The Association of Plastics Recyclers publishes a Design Guide for Plastics Recyclability, an extensive resource to help company designers create packaging that is compatible with plastics recycling systems in North America.

Plastics Recycling Reports

Plastic packaging recycling has grown nearly every year since tracking began in the 1990s. ACC’s Plastic Division measures and reports annual recycling rates for:

Recycle Grocery Rigid Plastics Program

A source for implementing and operating a grocery rigid plastic recycling program. Developed by the Association of Plastics Recyclers with support from the American Chemistry Council Plastics Division.