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News & Updates

Keep up to date with the latest developments across the APR Group

News & Updates: Welcome

March 31, 2023

APR Plastics' Partnership with Wonder for Wonder Recycling Rewards Post on Linkedin

The Wonder Recycling Rewards program is a fun and easy recycling program for Aussie schools to participate in. The program encourages Aussie schools to recycle bread bags that might otherwise go to landfill in return for points for their efforts. Points can be redeemed on new sports equipment that kids can play with
- championing active play for kids.

In tandem with the Wonder Recycle Rewards program, Wonder is mapping out a roadmap with its new partner, APR Plastics.

To get involved, families can encourage their respective schools to visit the Wonder website for more information and to sign up. Once a school has signed up, they will receive everything they need to get started – it’s that easy! Spots are limited, so get in quick! The registration period for Wonder Recycling Rewards ends on the 6th of April, 2023.

#school #recycling

March, 2023

Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR) members and the Australian Food and Grocery Council (#AFGC) visit APR Plastics Posted by Australian Food and Grocery Council on Linkedin

Australia's food and grocery manufacturing industry is serious about making the soft plastic packaging supply chain circular and sustainable. The #NationalPlasticsRecyclingScheme (#NPRS), led by the AFGC, is charting the course to a sustainable future and bringing manufacturers, packaging suppliers, councils, plastics processors and recyclers together in an unprecedented project. Thanks to Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR) members for your engagement and support! 
#australianmanufacturing #packaging #recycling #aprplastics


August 10, 2022

Packaging News article with Logan Thorpe

Victorian-based APR Plastics, sister company to Australian Paper Recovery and APR Kerbside, is finding success in its trial of running polyethylene and polypropylene through its advanced recycling technology, and transforming plastic waste into oil.

APR Plastics was formed in a bid to address and deliver a long-awaited viable solution for existing soft plastic processing difficulties faced by the recycling industry.

“We’ve had plenty of soft plastics coming through our MRF, which has been running since 2019, and we were looking for ways to capture that waste product and not send it to landfill, as it is a valuable resource in its own right once processed,” Logan Thorpe, special project manager at APR Plastics, told PKN.

APR Kerbside Welcomes The CEO Institute (Syndicate 103)

July 22, 2022

APR Kerbside Post on LinkedIn

The CEO Institute hosts a range of business events that feature prominent keynote speakers who address topical issues faced by CEOs.

Yesterday, APR Kerbside welcomed and hosted members from The CEO Institute Syndicate Program during their monthly meeting. On-site, group members from ‘Syndicate 103’ toured the APR Kerbside Material Recovery Facility in Truganina and gained valuable insight into the kerbside recycling process. 

The event facilitated an opportunity for the like-minded leaders to network, discuss key business issues, learn and share knowledge.
#business #event #network #share #leaders #ceo #recycling


Up and running

July 19, 2022

APR Plastics Post on LinkedIn

Today we witnessed the magic of transforming plastic waste turned into oil. 

Up and running, the APR Plastics team eagerly trialled and ran polypropylene
through our advanced recycling technology. 
(Ice cream and yogurt containers)

There has been much hard work done behind the scenes to get us where we are today. We are ecstatic that this solution will change the game. It will assist to not only elevate soft plastics as a valuable resource but also enable us to move towards a circular economy. 

It was certainly worth the wait and we are excited to continue along the journey for change.

#advancedrecycling #circulareconomy #pyrolysis #softplastics

July 8, 2022

The first WASTX plant was commissioned at APR Plastics’ Dandenong site and will continue to operate there.

courteously from Biofabrik's website


Coca Cola and Veolia visit APR Plastics to explore LDPE recovery solutions 

June 28, 2022

APR Plastics Post on LinkedIn 

It was fantastic welcoming on-site today, Benjamin Perlow, Molly Boswell and Vik Shah from Coca Cola Amatil (CCA) and Wayne Fernando from Veolia to the APR Plastics Dandenong South Facility.

The site tour presented visitors with the #opportunity to observe and gain knowledge on how the #Biofabrik WASTX #pyrolysis process works and the #environmental benefits that the advanced recycling #technology offers.

It was great to be able to share insights amongst the group and discuss solutions and #recovery options available in the soft plastics space for CCA’s Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE) materials.

June 28, 2022

Plastics to oil recycling first Article

Article By Jonty Ralphsmith in the Star Journal

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June 22, 2022

APR Plastics Post on LinkedIn Regarding the Implementation of 100% Recycled Bins 

The APR Group is always on the lookout for new ways to do better and improve the service offering for customers. We are excited to share that we’ve made a switch! We will be introducing 100% recycled 1100L bins to APR Plastics’ existing commercial plastics collection services. 

June 21, 2022

Inside Waste Article with Managing Director Darren Thorpe

Australian Paper Recovery (APR Plastics) is tackling the soft plastic issue at its Kerbside Material Recovery Facility. The company’s Soft Plastics to Oil initiative aims to provide a solution to help tackle Australia’s soft plastic pollution problem.


APR Kerbside

June 8, 2022

The APR Kerbside team recently welcomed the Australian Food & Grocery Council to our Truganina Material Recovery Facility.

We were very humbled yesterday to host and welcome on-site at the Truganina APR Kerbside MRF, members from the Federal government - Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE), State government agencies – Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and Sustainability Victoria.

May 21, 2022

Pop the champagne! APR just turned 20!

The 21st of May 2022, marked the twentieth anniversary for Australian Paper Recovery. This anniversary marked not only the successes but also the celebration of the long-term relationships built with employees, customers and communities. 

Here are a few photos from the recent 20th Anniversary celebration.

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May 10, 2022

Site Visit from City of Greater Dandenong Mayor

This week, Mayor Councillor Jim Memeti, (City of Greater Dandenong) attended a site tour at APR’s Plastics Facility in Dandenong South. Mayor Memeti was also accompanied by colleagues Kevin Van Boxtel and Dan Widdup. 

After successfully removing glass out, we are now seeing that the biggest waste component coming out of our Kerbside MRF is soft plastics. On-site, the visitors had an opportunity to learn about APR’s Soft Plastics to Oil Project and view the innovative #advancedrecycling technology first-hand. 

APR Plastics was thrilled to be able to share with the group, insights and exciting plans ahead detailing how we as a business intend to work towards achieving a #circulareconomy. APR Plastics is providing a solution to help tackle Australia’s soft plastics pollution problem and are projecting to exceed the government mandated 80% waste recovery rate for #recycling

May 6, 2022

Waste Management Review Article with Managing Director Darren Thorpe

APR Plastics is introducing an Australian-first to help solve the nation’s plastic recycling problem. 

APR Plastics has installed an advanced recycling unit that will convert hard to recycle soft plastics destined for landfill, such as chocolate wrappers and bread packaging, into oil for plastic remanufacture.

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May 2022

Waste Management Review interview with Logan Thorpe about turning Plastics into Oil

APR Plastics is introducing an Australian-first to help solve the nation’s plastic recycling problem.

March 31, 2022

APR Plastics Conference

Amazing day at our #advancedrecycling conference where we had our distribution partner Plastoil Australiaand the Founder of Biofabrik Technologies GmbHspeak to everyone and share our journeys and plans for the future to solve this soft plastics/hard to recycle plastics issue with unique, decentralised pyrolysis machinery! 

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March 24, 2022

Packaging News article with Darren Thorpe, APR Group CEO

Victorian-based recycler APR Group has partnered with Plastoil, the local arm of global recycling technology developer Biofabrik, to launch the new advanced recycling technology WASTX Plastic in Australia.

Need to stop talking about circular economy and start acting

October 26, 2021

Inside Waste Interview with Darren Thorpe

An interview with Darren Thorpe on why we need to stop talking about circular economy and start acting


October 11, 2021

The Age Interview with Darren Thorpe & Glass Out Feature 

A Melbourne business is finding ways to divert more paper, plastic and glass from landfill 


Article from City of Ballarat

In 2019, Ballarat residents heeded the call to ‘pass on glass’ and leave glass bottles and jars out of their yellow-lidded recycling bins. Now it’s time to ‘leave the bag out’.


July 22, 2019

Article from Melton & Moorabool Star Weekly

We need to  adopt a "No Glass Collection" policy

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News & Updates: Recycling Resources

APR Kerbside (Australian Paper Recovery)

As Featured on Channel Nine News

August 15, 2019

News & Updates: Recycling Resources

Minister’s Visit to APR Plastics Facility

September 29, 2022

APR Plastics Video from Minister's Visit

The APR team were extremely humbled to have hosted esteemed guests including Australian and Victorian Government, Local Government Councils, industry body and associations for a tour of the APR Plastics Facility in Dandenong South.

Special thanks to The Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio MP, The Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP and all guests for making the time to attend the event and learn more about APR’s Soft Plastics to Oil Initiative.

News & Updates: Recycling Resources
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