Society of Plastics Engineers Names Associated Packaging Technologies a 2010 Environmental Stewardship Award Winner

Food Tray Maker Is Among Nine Honorees to Be Feted at Global Plastics Environmental Conference in March

CHADDS FORD, PA--(Marketwire - March 1, 2010) -  The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has named Associated Packaging Technologies (APT), the Chadds Ford, PA-based maker of CPET and RePET (recycled PET) food trays, a recipient of a GPEC 2010 Environmental Stewardship Award, which recognizes "Sustainability & Recycling: Raising the Bar in Today's Economy." The award will be given to APT and eight other plastics industry companies at the Global Plastics Environmental Conference, March 9 at the Florida Hotel & Conference Center, Orlando.

"All of us at APT are extremely proud to be recognized in this manner by SPE," notes Mark Staton, the company's CEO. "As the first global thermoformer, in partnership with ConAgra, to bring recycled PET frozen food trays to North America, APT is committed to industry efforts toward sustainability."

The award to APT is for "Plastics Recycling Technologies and Applications." It states, "Associated Packaging Technologies, the global leader in thermoformed CPET, now offers products designed with smaller environmental impacts than traditional CPET trays. By engaging a strategic supply partner and implementing innovative process improvements, APT alone can provide a wide variety of CPET trays, designed for direct food contact. Using up to 40% post consumer recycled PET, APT's RePET trays are suitable for either microwave or conventional oven cooking, while maintaining price parity to traditional CPET trays. In 2009 substitution of virgin PET resin with RPET allowed improved energy optimization and eliminated an estimated 12,910 of CO2E from the environment." Tony Gallo, CPP, APT's Senior Director of Sustainability and Applications Development, states, "It is great to be recognized by our peers in SPE. This energizes all of us here at APT to continue working to use more recycled material. Our goal is nothing short of 100% recycled content and 100% collection." 

APT is the world's largest vertically integrated manufacturer of CPET dual-ovenable containers for the food industry, the leading source for plastic food trays in the North American frozen food industry, and a major source for plastic food trays in other markets, including case ready meats, institutional, prepared foods, and bakery. The company has thermoforming plants in: Cambridge, Ontario; Waynesville, North Carolina; Chillicothe, Missouri; and Carrickmacross, Ireland. APT is a member of the National Association of PET Container Resources and the Sustainable Packaging Coalition.

For more information, contact: Associated Packaging Technologies, 1 Dickinson Drive, Suite 100, Chadds Ford, PA 19317, 484-785-1120, Fax: 484-785-1121,

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