Plastics Sunday 9 May 2021
7 May 2021

Defra expands single-use carrier bag charge

Defra has today (7 May) confirmed the single-use carrier bag charge will be increased from 5p to 10p, and extended to all businesses in England from 21 May.


With the latest news on plastics recycling and policy developments relevant to the sector. Alternatively, you can use the News Archive below to find more items.


30 April 2021

Initiatives launched to remove 2,400 tonnes of plastic


Supermarket chains Sainsbury’s and the Co-operative have both announced initiatives which will removing more than 1,000 tonnes of plastic from use. But, the Co-op is to replace its bag with 'compostable' bags, which themselves remain a ...

30 April 2021

Biffa doubles Aldridge plastic recycling capacity


Waste management company Biffa has doubled the plastic recycling capacity at its Aldridge materials recycling facility (MRF) in the West Midlands to 80,000 tonnes a year. This comes as Biffa sets itself the target of quadrupling ...

27 April 2021

Uncertainty surrounds Q1 plastic packaging data


Uncertainly surrounds provisional packaging data for the first quarter of 2021, published last week on the National Packaging Waste Database (NPWD). Compliance schemes have sounded a note of caution as the figures are believed to ...

22 April 2021

Rehau Group to double PVC window recycling


VIDEO REPORT: Global polymer and window firm the Rehau Group has announced a 'further investment of £10 million' into its PVC window recycling plant in Runcorn, Cheshire. With the expenditure, it plans to double the amount ...

20 April 2021

Single-use plastic bans could differ across UK


The sale of several single-use plastic items including plates and cutlery could be banned in Northern Ireland – but not in the rest of the UK – from 1 January 2022 or sooner. This is because under the Northern Ireland Protocol...

15 April 2021

Coffee pod recycling scheme goes live


A “first of its kind” recycling programme for coffee pods goes live today, and includes kerbside collections from two local authorities. The scheme, called Podback, was formed in November by Nestle and Jacobs Douwe Egberts UK...

6 April 2021

Opinion: The plastics recycling landscape


Director of recycling at Indigo Environmental, Paul Rendle-Barnes, shares his views on the role local plastic recycling can – and should – play in helping the UK to reach a more circular economy.

31 March 2021

Brighton to assess impact of PTT collections 


Brighton and Hove city council has launched a study into the feasibility of introducing  a kerbside collection of pots, tubs and trays (PTT), which will assess the carbon and cost impacts of upgrading facilities. The Green ...

29 March 2021

Appointments round-up (29/03/2021)


With news of: WRAP's Claire Shrewsbury becomes director of insights; Butler joins Reconomy; Ward post for special projects; UK and Europe posts at DS Smith; 37 join Bright Green Plastics; Four in at Topolytics