Packaging Wednesday 8 April 2020
17 March 2020

Scotland delays DRS introduction

The Scottish government has pushed back the implementation date of its deposit return scheme (DRS) to July 2022, citing concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. The delay will allow retailers “more time” to prepare and also ...


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13 March 2020

Packaging data sparks plastic PRN optimism


Packaging data for the fourth quarter of 2019 has sparked optimism from the compliance sector about 2020 PRN prices. In particular, the figures are seen as indicating that the price of packaging recovery notes (PRNs), particularly for ...

12 March 2020

Budget 2020 – Reaction blog


There has been a huge reaction to the measures in Rishi Sunak’s budget yesterday (11 March) which effect the waste and recycling sector. On one hand, the £200 a tonne tax on plastic packaging (see

10 March 2020

Plastics tax ‘not yet backed by producers’


Producers will only support a 'plastics tax' if there is evidence that money raised will be reinvested into the recycling system, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF). David Bellamy, senior environment policy manager ...

27 February 2020

Jayplas commits to UK with £10m film plant


Jayplas has asserted its commitment to recycling in the UK in the wake of opening a "state-of-the-art" plastic film sorting facility near Birmingham. The £10 million plant is located at the plastic recycling company’s site at ...

18 February 2020

Saica to build £50 million West Lothian plant


The Saica Group has announced its intention to establish a £50 million purpose-built packaging production facility in Livingstone, West Lothian. Within its packaging division Saica Pack, the move will see the de-commissioning of ...

17 February 2020

Viridor signs plastic deal with P&G


Viridor has agreed a deal with consumer goods company Procter & Gamble (P&G) for the five year supply of post-consumer recycled plastic. While the exact tonnage of the deal was deemed commercially sensitive by Viridor...

14 February 2020

Defra calls out public’s food waste ‘denial’


Concerns have been expressed by a Defra representative about a supposedly high level of 'denial' amongst the public regarding the issue of food waste. Nicola Hopley, food waste team leader at the department, was speaking on a ...

13 February 2020

East Lothian procurement delayed by DRS


East Lothian council is to extend its recycling collection contract with Biffa after the process of procuring a new contract was delayed by the need to examine the impact of Scotland’s planned deposit return scheme (DRS). The ...

11 February 2020

Veolia calls for standardised recycling labelling


Waste management company Veolia has called for labelling to become nationally standardised to help alleviate recycling confusion. The firm issued its demand after research conducted by YouGov and commissioned by Veolia suggested ...