Packaging Monday 29 June 2015
Northern Ireland's Environment Minister Mark H Durkan 29 June 2015

Northern Ireland to consider bottle deposit scheme

The Northern Irish Executive will consider whether to introduce a money-back scheme on drinks bottles, similar to that under review in Scotland, Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has revealed. [caption id="attachment_99344" ...


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Aerial image of the Ferrybridge Multifuel 1 facility 18 June 2015

News in brief (18/06/15)


With news on; Shanks launches corporate targets; Southern Plastics Recycling fined; MEL signs Ferrybridge PPA contract; ZWS circular economy carbon report, and; Simply Cups expands material range   ...

Rigid Plastic Packaging 16 June 2015

Service reviews should look at PTT, says WRAP


WRAP and the plastics industry have called on councils to look at adding plastic pots, tubs and trays to collection schemes to help the UK meet a 57% by 2017 plastic packaging recycling target. The call for local authority action ...

Coca Cola is aiming to reduce the amount of virgin PET it uses in its bottles by 2020 10 June 2015

Coca Cola Enterprises to reduce virgin plastic use


Drinks giant Coca Cola has targeted a decrease in the amount of virgin plastic content in its bottles manufactured in the UK, upping its commitment to use around 40% rPET or ‘renewable plastics’ by 2020. The pledge is among ...

The Environment Agency data gives a first indication of how much packaging will need to be recovered in 2015 3 June 2015

Packaging data confirms challenge for aluminium


Obligation data indicating the amount of packaging waste producers will have to recycle in 2015 has confirmed there could be a challenge in meeting demand for aluminium PRNs. The figures – which are subject to change as more ...

Closed loop pic 29 May 2015

PRN funding ‘a barrier’ to 50% recycling progress


A lack of transparency in the packaging recovery note (PRN) system is hampering progress towards the 50% by 2020 household waste recycling target, plastics recycling body Recoup has claimed. The comments came in the organisation...

Obligated businesses paid over £164,000 in enforcement undertakings to avoid legal action over packaging regulation non compliance 27 May 2015

Charities handed £190,000 for packaging non-compliance


Businesses that failed to comply with laws designed to encourage the recycling of waste packaging paid more than £189,000 to charities to avoid legal action from the Environment Agency between September 2014 and April 2015. ...

The ACP is keen to clarify when PRNs and PERNs can be issued on packaging waste 27 May 2015

ACP to help define packaging contamination


The Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP) is to develop a ‘standardised’ definition of contamination in packaging waste – to be submitted to the Environment Agency for consideration as guidance this summer. A consultation, ...

Scotland could roll out its own PRN system 'within two years' if approved 21 May 2015

Proposals for Scottish PRN system outlined


A Scottish PRN system to devolve producer responsibility for packaging waste could require collectors  to provide evidence that they are collecting 'quality' material. The suggestion comes in Zero Waste Scotland’s Scottish ...

Scotland's Environment Minister Richard Lochhead is keen to explore a deposit scheme for beverage containers in Scotland 20 May 2015

Drinks brands wary of ‘costly’ Scottish deposit scheme


Plans to consult on the introduction of a deposit return scheme for plastic, glass, aluminium and steel drinks containers in Scotland have been criticised by packaging producers and major beverage brands as ‘costly and confusing’.

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