Plastics Wednesday 3 June 2020
2 June 2020

Viridor investigating fire at Kent plastics plant

An investigation is underway into the cause of a fire which broke out at Viridor’s plastics recycling facility in Rochester, Kent, last week (27 May).  The Kent Fire and Rescue Service said that 10


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14 May 2020

UK recycling must double to hit targets, Recoup says


Reprocessing infrastructure in the UK may need to double its output of recycled plastic to meet governmental targets, research suggests. The UK’s reprocessing capacity may need to increase by 100% to meet 30% recycled content in...

14 May 2020

Deposit return approved by Scottish parliament  


The deposit return scheme (DRS) has been approved by Scottish parliament in a vote yesterday (13 May) after debate that it should be paused in light of the coronavirus outbreak.   The Scottish conservatives spoke against the ...

13 May 2020

British Glass urges Scotland to pause DRS plans


A survey commissioned by the glass sector trade association British Glass found that 61% of people think that Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) should be paused in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. The survey was carried ...

11 May 2020

Regulatory constraints ‘stifle recycling’, study says


Regulatory and technological constraints discourage efforts to recycle plastic packaging, according to a study carried out by Brunel University London and the University of Leeds. The Defra-backed study argues the current system ...

30 April 2020

Consumers ‘prefer glass packaging’, study finds


Environmental campaigner Friends of Glass is calling on brands to switch to glass packaging following a survey which shows shoppers prefer the material because of its “superior environmental credentials”. The survey, which...

27 April 2020

Thamesdown Recycling wins Cotswold deal


Thamesdown Recycling has  been awarded a contract to continue processing dry mixed recyclables on behalf of Cotswold district council. The contract, which was re-awarded to the waste management company in November 2019 but ...

21 April 2020

Viridor to virtually consult on polymers plant  


Viridor has announced that it will virtually share plans for its polymers reprocessing plant at Dunbar in Scotland with the local community later this week.  The original plan to offer face to face drop in sessions for the plans ...

21 April 2020

Concern over plastic straw ban delay  


Defra’s decision to postpone the plastic straw ban has been described as "very disappointing" amid fears that the pandemic will threaten progress on recycling and waste.   O

21 April 2020

Webinar to discuss pandemic and materials markets


A free webinar on materials and markets in the recycling sector during the coronavirus pandemic will be held by tomorrow (22 April 2020). The webinar is a third in a series of webinars being ...