Plastics Friday 10 July 2020
9 July 2020

WRAP unveils second plastic research grant

WRAP has opened the second round of funding from its £20 million Plastic Research and Innovation Fund (PRIF), with grants of up to £150,000 available to projects which "trial ways to implement refill infrastructure". An


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9 July 2020

Drop in demand hitting specialist plastic recyclers


Recyclers of plastic from end of life vehicles (ELVs) and waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) across Europe have been “severely impacted” by the coronavirus outbreak, according to two recycling bodies.  

9 July 2020

Concerns aired over ‘bad impression’ of export industry 


A small number of operators exporting plastic are tarnishing the reputation of the UK industry, two recycling firms have warned. Last month, a BBC investigation reported that some plastic waste from Britain sent to Turkey for ...

8 July 2020

Advocacy groups slam EU plastic export controls


A dozen environmental advocacy organisations have come together to criticise the European Union for not applying controls on the export of plastic waste to trade between its own member states. Last week, the European Commission ...

7 July 2020

China promulgates amendment to its Solid Waste Law


Attorneys Aaron Goldberg and Weiwei Luo of Beveridge & Diamond, Washington analyse the amendments to the Solid Waste Law of China agreed at the end of April and coming into force in September.

7 July 2020

Skills body reaffirms commitment to apprenticeships


The utilities partnership Energy and Utility Skills has reaffirmed its commitment to apprenticeships, as industries and employers across the UK struggle with financial pressures. The organisation, which amongst others includes ...

29 June 2020

Biffa extends recycled plastic deal with Nampak


Biffa has announced the extension of its long-term partnership with packaging manufacturer Nampak Plastics Europe. The partnership — first implemented in 2008 — sees Biffa supply Nampak with food-grade recycled plastic in the ...

26 June 2020

Reprocessors ‘join forces’ to urge PRN reform


Yorkshire-based plastic recycling company Bright Green Plastics has "joined forces” with other reprocessing firms to call for an “overhaul” of the packaging recovery note (PRN) system.   The ...

26 June 2020

Latvia to repatriate ‘illegal’ UK waste


The Environment Agency is working with its counterpart in Latvia into an investigation into possible illegal waste exports from the UK. State Environment Service for Latvia has indicated it will repatriate 549 tonnes of waste “...

22 June 2020

Agency restates need to check on export sites


The Environment Agency has urged businesses which export “waste” to ensure that there is a proper assessment of the companies which receive the material. The call comes in a statement issued on 19 June and is thought to apply ...