Packaging Sunday 19 April 2015
April 1 Shipping exports 13 April 2015

Exports ‘not to blame’ for tough plastics market

Secondary commodities sector trade body The Recycling Association has reacted strongly to suggestions that exports of plastic scrap and the PRN system are to blame for tough trading conditions currently affecting UK plastics recyclers.


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The Advisory Committee on Packaging has issued its recommendations for the European Commission's Circular Economy Package 9 April 2015

ACP sets out EU circular economy proposals


The UK government’s Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP) has submitted a series of proposals to the European Commission to take into account when drawing up its revised Circular Economy package this year. Proposed new targets ...

Research suggests the recycling rate for plastics packaging may be higher than previously though 8 April 2015

Defra assesses future of plastics packaging target


The government is seeking views on the future of plastics packaging targets, after research suggested that the recycling rate for the material is higher than previously thought. A consultation paper was launched by the Department ...

Closed loop pic 7 April 2015

Export and PRNs blamed for Closed Loop difficulties


Reforms to the packaging recovery note (PRN) system, including incentives for the use of recycled materials, could have shielded plastics recyclers from market volatility currently affecting the sector the British Plastics Federation (BPF) ...

Alison Ingle, manager of packaging at Nestle UK, has joined the ACP 31 March 2015

CPI and Nestle UK reps join packaging committee


CPI director of raw materials Simon Weston and Nestle UK group packaging manager Alison Ingle have been appointed to Defra’s Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP). Both packaging experts will join the ACP on a voluntary basis...

WRAP has published a series of reports on plastics recycling today 23 March 2015

WRAP concludes major plastics recycling research


The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has today (March 23) concluded a series of work on plastics recycling that it is hoped will stimulate investment in the sector, and help to boost recycling rates for the material. ...

Attention needs to be paid to the domestic reprocessing sector for plastics and other materials 19 March 2015

Rogerson assesses options to support plastics recycling


Environment minister Dan Rogerson has brought together the recycling sector, plastics industry, retailers and waste trade associations to discuss the difficulties facing the plastics recycling market. In a meeting earlier this ...

Flexible aluminium packaing such as food and drink pouches will be collected from households under the trial 19 March 2015

Defra backs ‘caddy bag’ flexible packaging trial


Defra is backing a trial to assess the feasibility of collecting flexible laminated packaging such as food and drink pouches, pet food pouches and toothpaste tubes from households, via a ‘caddy bag’ scheme. The scheme is ...

Industry sources have expressed some concern over the 2015 steel market 13 March 2015

Q4 2014 packaging data indicates strong year for glass


Compliance schemes welcomed publication of the final provisional packaging waste recovery statistics for 2014 yesterday (March 12), showing the market appears to have met its obligations for the year. The Q4 figures for September...

An 'Ellacycle' collection point 10 March 2015

Ella’s Kitchen launches recycling initiative


Children’s food brand Ella’s Kitchen has launched a recycling scheme for its baby food pouches in collaboration with multinational recycling firm Terracycle. The ‘Ellacycle’ scheme aims to help parents recycle the pouches...

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