Plastics Thursday 18 January 2018
15 January 2018

EA to tackle plastic pollution in South West

A ‘plastics and sustainability team’ across Devon and Cornwall has been set up to tackle avoidable waste as part of an Environment Agency project worth £750,000. The announcement followed a pledge by the government to ...


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9 November 2017

BBIA and Ellen MacArthur Foundation call for oxo plastics ban


The Bio-Based and Biodegradable Industries Association (BBIA) has announced it is one of over 150 companies endorsing a call from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to ban oxo-degradable plastic packaging. According to BBIA, oxo-...

China 9 November 2017

China set to impose 1% limit rather than 0.3%


EXCLUSIVE: Indications are emerging that the revised standard for the export of materials to China for recycling could be set at 1% allowable levels of contrary material rather than the originally proposed 0.3%. China’s Ministry...

24 October 2017

Plastic performs ‘beyond expectations’ in Q3 data


Recycling targets for packaging materials are on track to be achieved for 2017, according to the latest set of figures published by the Environment Agency. The data, released on the National Packaging Waste Database yesterday (23...

23 October 2017

BIR told plastics recyclers ‘insanely dependent on China’


Global recycling association, BIR, has heard that the plastics recycling industry had become “insanely dependent” on China. Consequently, China's recently-announced import ban has left suppliers in other parts of the world...

17 October 2017

NIC concern over carbon emissions from burning plastics


The National Infrastructure Commission has produced a draft document suggesting that waste plastic materials should not be burnt in energy from waste plants because of the carbon emissions caused. Providing the government with "...

12 October 2017

RECOUP points to need for investment in kerbside recycling


Plastic recycling charity RECOUP has highlighted the need to invest in kerbside recycling collections infrastructure and communications, following the launch of its 2017 Household Plastics Collection Survey. Launched at the ...

11 October 2017

LARAC and Coffey cautious about DRS report


Both the local authority recycling advisory committee (LARAC) and recycling minister Therese Coffey have expressed caution in light of the latest report on Deposit Return Schemes from Keep Britain Tidy Group. The study, which is ...

11 October 2017

Eunomia finds councils ‘will benefit’ from deposit scheme


A study supported by the Campaign to Protect Rural England and written by Eunomia has claimed that councils would benefit from the introduction of a Deposit Refund Scheme (DRS) for drinks containers in England.  The piece of work...

9 October 2017

Procter & Gamble to launch ocean plastic bottle


Multinational manufacturer Procter & Gamble has announced that it will sell a limited edition washing-up liquid bottle made from 100% recycled plastic and ocean plastic in 2018. The plastic bottle, branded as, 'Fairy Ocean...

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