Plastics Tuesday 21 January 2020
16 January 2020

Colgate says sector ‘transition’ key for tube recycling

Colgate is confident its recently launched Smile for Good recyclable toothpaste tube can be differentiated from traditional non-recyclable tubes at materials recycling facilities (MRFs) in the UK. But, the company said an industry...


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20 January 2020

Malaysia claims ‘world first’ plastic repatriation


The Malaysian environment minister has claimed that her country has conducted a “world first” by repatriating 150 containers of “illegal plastic waste” to countries across the world, with 42 containers being returned to the UK.

17 January 2020

Plastic funding worth £8 million launched by UKRI


Details of two competitions for up to £8 million of public funding to develop more sustainable plastic packaging have been released by the funding agency UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The money is intended to help ...

13 January 2020

‘Smart and sustainable packaging’ fund opens


Government funding worth £1 million has today (13 January) been opened for applications from "early-stage projects in smart and sustainable plastic packaging".  The funding forms part of the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging ...

9 January 2020

Green Alliance warns of ‘plastic alternative’ impacts


Environmental think-tank the Green Alliance has warned that companies are on the verge of switching from plastic to materials with a “greater environmental impact”, because of public pressure. The warning comes in the wake of a report...

9 January 2020

Briefing paper published ahead of Environment Bill return


With the Environment Bill expected to be reintroduced later this month, a House of Commons Library briefing paper on plastic waste in the UK has been published. While the Environment Bill – which included proposals on a ...

7 January 2020

ASA ponders Smartwater investigation


Coca-Cola has confirmed that its GLACÉAU Smartwater bottles are now made from 100% recycled plastic, fulfilling a pledge made in the summer of 2019. The announcement comes as the company’s recycling credentials face an element of ...

7 January 2020

Agency allows time to prepare for POPs rules


With changes looming in the classification of waste plastic produced by the treatment of some waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), the Environment Agency is to allow an interim period for recyclers to apply to vary their permits...

10 December 2019

Chemical recycling debate continues as deals struck


Both Geminor and Recycling Technologies have today (December 10) announced deals involving the chemical recycling of plastics. However, this comes amid a statement from FEAD, the European Federation of Waste Management and ...

4 December 2019

Recycled PET ‘better than alternatives’, says Belu


UK bottled water firm Belu has announced today that it is moving all of its bottles to 100% PET recycled plastic, as it has the “lowest carbon footprint” when compared with alternatives. Belu describes itself as a “social ...