Plastics Wednesday 25 November 2020
25 November 2020

Agency in ‘consent’ warning for waste plastics exports

Farmers, agricultural businesses and waste companies are being urged by the Environment Agency to check their waste management processes or face enforcement action. The call comes from what the Agency describes as a “concerning ...


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20 November 2020

Garnier launches shampoo bars to cut plastic


L’Oréal’s Garnier brand has announced that it has today (20 November) launched a range of shampoo bars in the UK to offer consumers alternatives to liquid shampoo products in plastic bottles. Garnier says the initiative ...

19 November 2020

Shake up at Viridor as Piddington replaced


Viridor has confirmed Kevin Bradshaw as its new chief executive, succeeding Phil Piddington. Mr Bradshaw, 51, joined Viridor in September 2020. Most recently he was chief executive of van business Northgate plc for just under ...

18 November 2020

UKRI invests £8m into plastic waste projects  


UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has awarded £8 million of funding to ten university-led research projects that aim to tackle plastic waste in the UK. The leg of funding comes from the £60 million Smart Sustainable Plastic ...

16 November 2020

Pow addresses biodegradable plastic row


Recycling minister Rebecca Pow has said she is “concerned” claims about the biodegradability of plastic-based products could cause “environmental harm”. Mrs Pow was responding in a written answer on 12 November to a ...

12 November 2020

Draft plastic packaging tax legislation published


HM Revenue & Customs has published draft legislation and a policy paper on the ‘Introduction of a new plastic packaging tax’ which will take effect from April 2022. The tax could have the most impact on the waste and ...

12 November 2020

Recycling minister backs reusable face masks


The recycling minister has backed the use of reusable face coverings, away from healthcare and PPE uses, to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.  The comments from minister Rebecca Pow come in the wake of concerns about the ...

12 November 2020

OPINION: Oxo-biodegradable plastic and bans


OPINION: Michael Stephen is a barrister, former MP, and director of Symphony Environmental Technologies Plc, a company which develops additives for biodegradable plastics. In this article he discusses the proposed ban on what is ...

2 November 2020

EA consults on ‘default building’ rule for waste sites


EXCLUSIVE: A new default rule which could see more waste operations having to take place in an “enclosed building” is causing concern within the waste management sector. The building proposal, which could prove costly to many ...

27 October 2020

WRAP clarifies stance on degradable plastics PAS


The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) says its presence on the steering committee of a new specification (PAS) for measuring the biodegradability of polyolefins should not be taken as an endorsement of the standard. ...

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