WRAP and Ellen MacArthur to tackle plastics in UK

Ellen MacArthur Foundation and UK’s Waste and Resources Action Program announce initiative to tackle plastics in the UK; focus on plastic packaging; aim to eliminate single-use plastics, boost recycling, mobilize citizens

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

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

EU legislation on waste

Council of the European Union and EU Parliament provisionally agree on EU Commission’s proposals for revision of EU waste legislation; introduce new binding targets for packaging waste recycling, define requirements for extended producer responsibility

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

Non-harmonized FCMs and plastic recycling

Smithers Pira 2017 conference on plastic and paper in contact with food covers initiatives by industry associations and recycling of plastic FCMs

Paper and board in contact with food

Experts from paper and board manufacturers and chemical industry discuss legal requirements, challenges in the supply chain and during recycling

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

Plastics recyclers call for separate collection

Plastics Recyclers Europe issue bales characterization guidelines aiming to promote separate collection of different types of plastics for recycling