Plastics Friday 18 January 2019
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...


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6 December 2018

Funding offered for plastic waste research


Up to £60 million government funding has been announced for projects aimed at tackling plastic waste. The announcement of funding came yesterday from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, as part of its ...

6 December 2018

Convenience ‘key’ to DRS success, Recoup suggests


A survey carried out by Recoup has found that 20% of participants would not be willing to travel to return their drinks containers as part of a deposit return scheme. The result was part of consumer insight research by plastics ...

6 December 2018

DS Smith reports increased revenues


Paper and plastic packaging company DS Smith has reported a 4% increase in UK revenues as part of its half-year results released today (December 06). DS Smith said its UK revenue had jumped to £577 million in the...

28 November 2018

Valpak urges more collaboration on plastics


Packaging compliance scheme Valpak has called for further “innovation and collaboration” in order to meet the targets set out in the voluntary plastics pact agreement earlier this year. In April 2018, 67 businesses responsible...

23 November 2018

Gove hints at further plastic focus in Resources strategy


The government’s waste and resources strategy will look at ‘further restrictions’ on some single-use plastic items, Environment Secretary Michael Gove has suggested. Mr Gove made the comments to an invited audience in ...

22 November 2018

EU Commission attacks ‘weak’ plastic pledges


The European Commission has urged industry to go further with pledges to use recycled plastic in products. The call comes after an assessment of responses to its Plastics Strategy showed that demand for recycled plastic ...

20 November 2018

Swindon MP opens ‘plastic-to-oil’ machine factory


The MP for North Swindon has opened a “headquarters and manufacturing facility” for plastics-to-oil company Recycling Technologies. Justin Tomlinson, the Conservative MP and a former marketing executive, expressed delight that...

19 November 2018

Retailers differ over plastic bag alternatives


National retailers are offering differing alternatives to single-use plastic bags, as both the Co-op and Marks & Spencer are bringing in new initiatives. The Co-op is rolling-out compostable carrier bags to more than 1,000 of ...

15 November 2018

WRAP sets out actions in Plastics Pact roadmap


Key actions businesses should take to help stop plastic packaging polluting the environment have been laid out by WRAP in the UK Plastics Pact Roadmap to 2025, ...

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