Plastics Tuesday 23 April 2019
29 March 2019

Ribena bottle redesign to aid MRF sorting

Drinks brand Ribena is to redesign the 500ml PET plastic bottles it produces for the drink in the UK, to make them easier to recycle within the current recycling infrastructure. A part of this will be the “reduction of the full ...


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6 March 2019

2018 packaging targets met, but ‘challenge ahead’


Packaging experts have welcomed the news that recycling targets for 2018 look to have been met, but have warned that 2019 targets could be more challenging. The comments come following the release of the 2018 Q4 packaging data, ...

5 March 2019

US firm develops ‘chemical recycling process’ for plastic


US chemical firm Eastman is developing a process to recycle polyester plastic waste, breaking down the material through a chemical process so that it can then be used in the production of new polymers. And the UK is one of the ...

5 March 2019

Faerch offers ‘natural’ replacement to black plastic trays


Plastic packaging manufacturer Faerch has announced the launch of a ‘natural colour’ CPET packaging material, aimed at replacing black carbon plastic in ready meal packaging. The company is introducing a new ‘detectable’ ...

1 March 2019

OPRL and WRAP announce ‘strategic partnership’


Resources charity WRAP and the On-Pack Recycling Label (OPRL) have announced a ‘strategic partnership’ setting out how the two organisations will work together towards meeting future recycling targets. OPRL – the UK-wide ...

26 February 2019

Funding awarded for plastic pigment project


Packaging waste compliance scheme Ecosurety is working with three companies on a project to develop a chemical process to remove the pigment from black and other coloured rigid plastics. The project has today (26 February) been ...

22 February 2019

Wide set of materials backed for Scottish deposit scheme


The Scottish Government’s consultation on a deposit return scheme has found a high level of support for a scheme which includes the widest range of materials possible. Overall, 45% of respondents thought the DRS should include ...

22 February 2019

Hovis and TerraCycle launch bread bag recycling scheme


Bread producer Hovis has launched a recycling initiative for its LDPE bread bags in partnership with the specialist recycler TerraCycle. According to Hovis, all of its bread bags are recyclable through plastic bag collection ...

18 February 2019

30% recycled plastic tax level ‘may rise in future’


The government’s tax on plastic packaging will initially set a 30% threshold for recycled content in new products – but could be increased in future, the Treasury has said today. Full details of the tax, which was first ...

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 ...

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