EFSA assesses HDPE and PP recycling process

EFSA’s CEF Panel considers HDPE and PP made from recycling process ‘Morssinkhof Plastics’ suitable for use in food contact articles intended for dry foods, fruits, vegetables and meat under specific conditions

EU plastics strategy published

European Commission adopts EU-wide strategy for plastics in the circular economy, aims to make all plastic packaging recyclable, reduce single-use plastics, ban intentional microplastics

UK announces actions to reduce plastic waste

UK’s prime minister calls for plastic bag charge in all UK shops, plastic-free supermarket aisles, tax on single-use plastic items, funding for plastics innovation and aid for developing nations

A single polymer for food packaging?

UK retailer Marks and Spencer considers using only one polymer group for plastic food packaging to improve recyclability; PET and PEF possible options

Public consultation on marine litter and single-use plastics

EU Commission seeks feedback regarding actions on single-use plastics to reduce marine litter; consultation open until February 12, 2018

UK environment committee calls for bottle deposit system

Environmental Audit Committee of UK parliament demands nation-wide plastic bottle deposit return scheme, more access to free drinking water, increased packaging producer responsibility, and 50% recycled content in plastic bottles

EFSA working group on recycling plastics: 20th meeting

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

PET collection and recycling growing in Europe

Nearly 60% of PET bottles on European market collected for recycling in 2016, according to Petcore Europe report; detailed survey results to be discussed at 2018 Petcore Europe conference

Discussing FCM regulation in the EU

Speakers at 2017 Smithers Pira “Plastics & Paper” conference summarize recent developments in EU FCM regulation landscape, discuss EU Commission’s proposal for printed FCMs

EU plastics industry commits to circular economy

European plastic industry associations support re-use and recycling goals of EU Commission’s Circular Economy Package, call for separate collection of packaging waste