Public consultation on marine microplastic pollution

EU Commission launches public consultation on policy options to reduce microplastics entering the oceans; consultation open to all citizens until October 16, 2017

Survey on use of recycled plastic

European Plastics Converters Association launches survey on recycled plastics use in Europe; survey open to all European plastic converters until end of September 2017

Live: Ellen MacArthur Foundation summit 2017

Ellen MacArthur Foundation holds annual summit on the circular economy on June 15, 2017 in London, UK; event can be followed via live stream

First global forum on circular economy

Article in The Guardian highlights advantages of a circular economy, informs about World Circular Economy Forum held June 5-7, 2017 in Helsinki, Finland

New German packaging law

German parliament passes new packaging law aiming to increase recycling and prevention of packaging waste; law enters into force January 1, 2019

Detecting WEEE contamination in recycled FCM plastics

Scientists propose procedure for detection of contaminants from waste electric and electronic equipment (WEEE) in FCMs made of recycled plastics; call for regular screening to be performed by authorities to ensure compliance

New plastics economy innovation prize

Ellen MacArthur Foundation launches New Plastics Economy Innovation Prize, calls for innovators to redesign packaging to prevent plastic ocean pollution and loss of economic value

Flexible packaging in the circular economy

Flexible packaging value chain launches CEFLEX project, aiming to improve packaging design, increase collection and recycling

Polyolefin circular economy platform

Plastics industry launches Polyolefin Circular Economy Platform aiming to increase reuse and recycling of polyolefin products; initial focus on packaging

Nordic Council promotes sustainable plastic use

The Nordic Council of Ministers presents new program containing six strategic goals to reduce environmental impact of plastic