Plastics Thursday 21 February 2019
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 ...


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.


25 October 2018

Plastics ‘recycling to oil’ ambitions expand


A fourth company which claims to have the technology to turn waste plastics into oil  has announced its intentions to set up a plant in the UK. Plastics Energy, which says it operates two industrial plants in Seville and Almeria ...

24 October 2018

MEPs back 35% recycled plastic requirement for bottles


The European Parliament has approved a report proposing to make it mandatory to include of at least 35% recycled content in new plastic bottles by 2025. Earlier this month, the European Parliament’s Environment Committee voted ...

24 October 2018

Unilever and Veolia partner on global plastics work


Unilever and Veolia have announced a collaboration agreement to jointly work on emerging technologies that will help create a circular economy on plastics, across various geographies.   Starting in India and Indonesia, the work ...

22 October 2018

LGA warns of ‘risk’ to councils from China ban


The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned of the higher waste costs being faced by councils over the last year as a “direct impact” of China’s restrictions on imports of recycled materials from the UK. The ...

19 October 2018

Industry reacts to national media claims over recycling


Differences between packaging waste data and HMRC export figures for recycling have prompted reports in the national press over the UK’s recycling sector being investigated for fraud. While some of what the media have reported ...

17 October 2018

Surge in rejected material at Greater Manchester MRF


A substantial rise in the amount of material being rejected at Greater Manchester’s materials recycling facility has been put down to stricter quality requirements for recycled material. That’s according to the Greater ...

17 October 2018

‘Large scale’ fire at JFC Plastics site


The Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed that it is still dealing with a fire which engulfed a plastic recycling site owned by JFC Plastics in Warwickshire. The fire service says crews have stayed on the scene ...

16 October 2018

RECOUP calls for collaboration on plastics


The industry must work together to ensure that the incineration of plastics is only a fallback option, rather than the main one. That’s according to Stuart Foster, chief executive of plastics charity RECOUP, who was speaking on...

15 October 2018

Obituary: John Simmons


Veteran plastics recycling expert John Simmons, who was twice chief executive of Recoup, died earlier this month at the age of 72. Following several senior positions in the plastics packaging industry, John Simmons founded PPS ...

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