Plastics Thursday 21 February 2019
18 February 2019

Options set out for packaging waste reform

Full details of the options for a reformed producer responsibility system for packaging waste have been published by the government today (18 February). The details come within one of the four Resources and Waste Strategy ...


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.


17 January 2019

Businesses partner for $1.5bn plastic waste ‘alliance’


Resources and waste firms Veolia and Suez are among 27 businesses to launch a ‘global alliance’ intended to improve the collection and recycling of plastic products. Signatories to the initiative have ...

16 January 2019

M&S trials ‘plastic free’ fruit & veg aisles


Leading retailer Marks & Spencer has launched a three-month trial of over 90 lines of loose fruit and vegetables free of plastic packaging. Starting today (16 January), the trial at the store the retailer’s store in Tolworth...

14 January 2019

Waitrose cuts black plastic from product packaging


Supermarket chain Waitrose has removed black plastic packaging from its own-brand fresh food range including fresh meat, fish, poultry, fruit and vegetable packaging. The reduction amounts to around 1,300 tonnes of black plastic ...

11 January 2019

Plastics news round-up (11/01/2019)


With news on: Plastics network launched; recycled polymer commitment; London plastics confusion, and; call for collection improvements. ‘Circular’ plastics network launched

10 January 2019

App seeks to boost Canary Wharf on-the-go recycling


Office workers and visitors to the iconic Canary Wharf estate in east London are being encouraged to use a smartphone app to ‘simplify and incentivise’ on-the-go recycling. Developed by London-based start-up HELPFUL, the app ...

2 January 2019

Deposit return scheme trials move forward


Two trials of deposit return schemes are taking steps forward following the release of details on Defra’s proposals for a UK scheme in its Waste Strategy published last month. Iceland Today, retailer Iceland has reported...

2 January 2019

Defra seeks views on extended carrier bag charge


The government is consulting on plans to increase the minimum charge for retailers issuing single-use carrier bags to 10p, as well as extending the charge to cover smaller shops. Introduced in October 2015 – the charge was aimed...

19 December 2018

Plastic export market ‘under threat’ from Basel proposals


Proposals to amend the Basel Convention – the international treaty on waste shipments – could make it more difficult to export mixed plastic wastes, such as mixed plastic bottles, for recycling. Changes to the Convention, ...

17 December 2018

Gove to face Creagh after resources strategy launch


Secretary of state for the environment, Michael Gove is to be questioned in Parliament this week on the new Resources and Waste Strategy, just 24 hours after it is published. The strategy is out tomorrow (18 December) and will ...

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