Plastics Wednesday 27 May 2020
22 May 2020

News in brief (22/05/20)

With news on: Pandemic sees sales of single-use plastics soar; Envar to provide dedicated compostable packaging service; Cromwell Polythene donates film for PPE; Geminor begins supplying LDPE to Denmark.


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.


Plastics fire at recycling plant in yorkshire 7 April 2020

Crews remain at ‘significant’ plastics fire 


The Cleveland Fire Brigade has said it will remain on the scene of a “significant fire” at a plastics recycling facility owned by Greenology in Cleveland, North Yorkshire, for a few days.    Fire crews were called...

24 March 2020

Charge waived for online delivery plastic bags


The 5p single-use plastic carrier bag charge has been waived for bags used in online grocery deliveries in England as of 21 March, with this temporary measure expected to end on ...

23 March 2020

Plastic recyclers expect coronavirus hit, BPF says


Almost 80% of companies in the plastics industry anticipate the coronavirus affecting their turnover during the next six months, according to a report published by the British Plastic Federation (BPF), the sector’s trade body. ...

18 March 2020

Contamination warning as waste plans ramp up


London Councils — the local government association for Greater London — has warned that avoiding contamination in recycling is now “more important than ever” as it enables operatives to do their job safely and limit the spread of...

18 March 2020

Wales to ban single-use plastics


The Welsh Government is to ban single-use plastics from mid-2021 as part of wider measures to make Wales “the world’s top recycling nation”. The single-use plastics to be banned include straws, stirrers, cotton buds, balloon...

13 March 2020

Packaging data sparks plastic PRN optimism


Packaging data for the fourth quarter of 2019 has sparked optimism from the compliance sector about 2020 PRN prices. In particular, the figures are seen as indicating that the price of packaging recovery notes (PRNs), particularly for ...

11 March 2020

Plastics tax set at £200 a tonne in Budget 2020


Chancellor Rishi Sunak used today’s (11 March) Budget to announce that the tax on plastic packaging containing less than 30% recycled content will come into force in April 2022, and will be set at £200 a tonne. In the first

11 March 2020

Plastic alternatives ‘not the answer’


The head of circular economy at Defra warned yesterday (10 March) that switching to biodegradable plastics is not the answer to reducing the UK’s reliance on single-use plastic packaging. Maya de Souza said such a shift would ...

11 March 2020

Plastic market facing coronavirus pressures


With economic concerns spreading over the impact of the global coronavirus outbreak, plastics recyclers are the latest to signal that the market is facing price pressures and weaker demand. One recycler explained that which way ...

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