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Quantifying the clean-up costs of ocean plastics

Ellen MacArthur Foundation estimates $150 billion investment needed to address ocean plastic pollution, says solutions are in redesigning products upstream; Pew Charitable Trust to release report detailing cost estimates, launches initiative to find effective strategies

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Recycling of flexible polyethylene

Plastics Recyclers Europe publishes paper identifying key barriers to increasing recycling of flexible polyethylene films, calls for harmonized collection and sorting as well as design for recycling guidelines

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BPA health costs at $3 billion annually

New study concludes on thousands of preventable cases of childhood obesity and heart disease caused by BPA; economic savings estimated to outweigh costs of replacing BPA

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Conference on food contact materials

Luxembourg’s Ministry of Health organises food contact materials conference as part of its Presidency of the Council of the European Union; registration now open

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EFSA pledges data transparency

EFSA announces publicizing of data used in scientific opinions; data submitted by EU Member States to be shared starting 2016; industry worried over trade secrets and health scares