Plastics Friday 19 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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18 February 2019

Defra puts ‘on-the-go DRS’ in consultation options


Consultations are being launched today (18 February) on household waste measures to implement core aspects of the Resources and Waste Strategy in England. Lasting for 12 weeks, they will cover Deposit Return Schemes; Extended ...

14 February 2019

Plastics export markets needed, says Recycling Association


The Recycling Association has countered calls for a ban on exports of plastic packaging for recycling saying that export markets are vital for the sector. The comments come in response to a call from a number of politicians ...

14 February 2019

Concerns raised over DRS impact


Concerns over the potential impacts of a deposit return system (DRS) in the UK emerged at the Resources and Waste Strategy Unwrapped conference in London yesterday (13 February). Sentiment from some in the audience and on a panel ...

12 February 2019

Politicians target end to plastic waste exports


A cross party group of politicians have backed calls to phase out the export of plastic packaging waste for recycling by the end of the next decade, in a report launched today (12 February). The report from the Policy Connect ...

6 February 2019

Biffa gets green light for Durham PET recycling facility


Biffa has been given the green light to develop a 37,000 tonnes-per-annum capacity PET plastic bottle reprocessing facility in Seaham, County Durham. The company was awarded planning consent for the development by Durham council ...

6 February 2019

Arla discounts UK for wood-based cartons


Food manufacturer Arla has announced it has become the first company in Finland to use gable-top food cartons made from renewable wood-based paperboard which can be recycled in the waste paper stream. The cartons for milk, yoghurt...

28 January 2019

Iceland extends DRS trial to Northern Ireland


Food retailer Iceland has extended its in-store deposit return scheme trial for drinks packaging, launching what it has described as Northern Ireland’s first reverse vending machine in its Belfast store. The frozen food ...

25 January 2019

Coffey offers reassurance on council waste funding


Resources minister Thérèse Coffey has responded to concerns that measures outlined in Defra’s Resources and Waste Strategy, such as a deposit return scheme, will negatively impact council recycling income. The minister’s ...

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 ...

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