New antimicrobial plastic films

Researchers develop plastic films with antibiofilm activity by incorporating N-halamines into the polymer matrix; potential applications in food production and processing

Chicago taxes paper and plastic bags

City of Chicago introduced tax on paper and plastic checkout bags in February 2017; tax collections and research show shoppers are using less bags, indicating behavioral change

Plastic bottles made from orange peel

Spanish industry-academia project aims to extract chemical building blocks from country’s orange peel waste for making bioplastic juice bottles

PepsiCo to redesign packaging

PepsiCo joins program to boost recycling rates in the U.S., invests in redesigning its food packaging and using recoverable and recyclable materials

Costa Rica to ban single-use plastics

Costa Rican government commits to eliminating single-use plastic items by 2021; intends to promote biodegradable, water-soluble, and renewable materials

Ongoing efforts to prevent plastic pollution

Pacific island Vanuatu to ban single-use plastic bags and bottles to prevent ocean pollution; Press of Atlantic City calls on visitors and residents of New Jersey shoreline to reduce use of plastic convenience items

Rethink plastic‘s open letter to EU Commission

Rethink plastic NGO alliance sends open letter to EU Commission, asks for a ‘strong and harmonized EU legislation’ within EU Strategy on Plastics

Global estimate of plastic production, use and fate

8,300 million tons of plastics produced to date, according to new study; only 9% of plastic waste recycled; 12,000 million tons of plastic waste expected to accumulate in landfills or environment by 2050

EFSA working group on recycling plastics: 18th meeting

Updated meeting minutes of EFSA’s CEF Panel working group on recycling plastics now available online

Coca-Cola to use more rPET

Coca-Cola European Partners launches new sustainable packaging strategy in the UK; aims to increase content of recycled PET in bottles, promote recycling