EFSA working group on recycling plastics: 16th meeting

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

London considers bottle deposit return scheme

Mayor of London to present proposals on reducing food, drink, and packaging waste in upcoming environment strategy; supports access to tap water and considers deposit return scheme for plastic bottles

Toxic chemicals in articles made from recycled plastics

Article in The Guardian discusses contamination of children’s toys made from recycled materials with hazardous flame retardants; environmental organizations call for government action

Impact of labels, inks and glues on PET recycling

Industry study shows negative effects of incompatible label materials, glues, and inks on the recyclability of PET drinking bottles; impacts on color and clarity of recycled PET

Australian draft action plan against marine plastic pollution

Australian Government publishes draft plan to reduce marine debris and target plastic pollution in particular; commits to prevention, removal, monitoring activities, raising public awareness

Pre-packaged organic produce

Foodwatch discusses common practice of pre-packaging organic produce in plastic; presents alternatives such as stickers, printing, laser marking

Forums on sustainability of plastics

Plasticity Forums to discuss sustainable end-of-life solutions for plastics on April 21 and May 9, 2017 in Texas and California, respectively; registration available online

Circular economy without hazardous chemicals

Opinion article discusses importance of ingredient transparency for safe consumer products in the circular economy; calls on European Commission to provide effective legal requirements

Video on sorting of post-consumer plastics

EU research project Polymark releases video presenting its new technology enabling identification and sorting of plastic packaging and consequently improving plastic recycling

Greenpeace survey on plastic bottles

Soft drink companies have limited commitment to reducing single-use plastic bottles, increasing recycled content in PET bottles, considering PET bottles’ contribution to ocean pollution, according to new Greenpeace report