Plastics Wednesday 3 March 2021
2 March 2021

Brexit ‘increases bureaucracy’ around waste exports

The Recycling Association’s chief executive says the “increased bureaucracy” surrounding the export of waste for recycling since the UK left the European Union is “a real nuisance”. However, while Dr Simon Ellin said the...


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1 March 2021

EA confirms tighter plastic export rules for Turkey


Confirmation of tighter restrictions on the exports of waste plastics for recycling in Turkey has come from the Environment Agency. The restrictions are being seen within the UK’s plastics recycling sector as meaning that an ...

24 February 2021

What do we know about the Plastic Packaging Tax?


With just more than a year to go until the introduction of the government’s Plastic Packaging Tax, Martin Hyde, policy leader at environmental consultancy Comply Direct, looks at what we do and don’t know.

22 February 2021

Sainsbury’s trials in-store film take-back


Sainsbury’s has launched a trial system whereby customers can recycle polypropylene (PP) film in-store in 63 branches across the North East.  The supermarket chain will partner with Leicestershire-based Eurokey Recycling, which...

16 February 2021

Cromwell Polythene ups Alfreton bag making capacity


Cromwell Polythene says it has invested in new machinery and upgraded existing equipment at its Alfreton site to increase its capacity for film extrusion and bag making. Leeds-based Cromwell says it can now produce another two ...

12 February 2021

Opinion: Safety standards and the role of the insurer


Safety concerns and fire risks run throughout the waste and recycling and waste to energy sectors and also relate to the crucial part insurers need to play in driving up safety standards. James Mountain, sales and marketing director at Fire ...

8 February 2021

Planned Welsh plastics plant given Covid-19 loan


Waste management company Orthios has secured a UK government-backed loan to help it develop a 200,000 tonnes per year capacity plastics recycling facility in Holyhead, Anglesey. Close Brothers Asset Finance has provided Orthios ...

8 February 2021

Make recycling the starting point of production processes


OPINION: In this article,  Ernst-Jan Mul, innovation manager at Renewi, calls for recycling to be made the "starting point" in the production ...

5 February 2021

Paper Round to trial plastic sorting robotics system  


A robotics system will be installed at Paper Rounds’ materials recovery facility (MRF) to trial automation technology used to improve the efficiency of plastics sorting. The recycling company and the robotics manufacturer ...

3 February 2021

‘The government must act now to address single-use nappies’


OPINION: Three billion single-use nappies are thrown away in the UK each year. In this article, David Linden, SNP MP for Glasgow East, discusses the impact of single-use nappies on the environment and his proposals on how to ...