Opinion: Use of plastic packaging must stop

Former CEO of UK’s retailer Asda claims that recycling alone cannot solve ‘plastic proliferation crisis’; calls on supermarkets to replace plastic packaging by alternative packaging, proposes creating ‘plastic-free aisles’

EU urged to authorize recycling for food contact

Industry association Plastics Recyclers Europe calls on EU Commission to officially authorize EFSA-evaluated processes for use of recycled plastics in food contact applications

Proceedings of PET recycling workshop

Petcore Europe held workshop on recycling of PET thermoforms on September 19, 2017 in Brussels; workshop presentations now available

Degradable plastics and recycling

Plastics Recyclers Europe and European Bioplastics address impacts of degradable plastics on quality of recycled film; call for separate collection

“Zero-waste” stores gaining popularity

Reuters article discusses “zero-waste” concept stores and consumer lifestyle aiming to prevent packaging waste and food waste

Permanent materials for a circular economy

European Glass Container Federation recommends incentivizing permanent materials and closed loop recycling for food packaging to achieve effective and safe circular economy

Seattle to ban single-use plastic food utensils

City of Seattle enforces ban on disposable plastic straws and utensils at restaurants, promotes compostable and reusable alternatives

RIVM: SVHCs can hamper recycling

Dutch institute for public health and environment addresses substances of very high concern in waste streams, makes recommendations for safe recycling in the circular economy

Coffee cups made from husk

Australian start-up creates reusable coffee cups from husk waste accumulating during coffee processing; cups intended for café and home environments as alternative to ceramics and single-use disposable cups

Nordic Chemicals Summit 2017

Chemical Watch hosts second edition of Nordic Chemicals Summit on October 10-11, 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark