New Plastics Economy: Global commitment report

New Plastics Economy initiative of Ellen MacArthur Foundation launches its first Global Commitment report detailing industry and government progress on tackling plastic pollution

ChemSec report on circular economy

Published report focuses on chemicals as overlooked part of a circular economy; urges companies to not rely on legal compliance alone, calls for avoiding hazardous substances during design stage and speeding up regulation

NextGen Cup Challenge winners announced

Winners of challenge to re-imagine and improve single-use cups announced, focused on innovative cup liners, new materials, reusable cup service models; six teams continue into business accelerator for scale-up

Code of conduct for polyolefin packaging

Polyolefin producer Borealis AG publishes code to design for recyclability, aims to maximize quality and quantity of recyclable packaging

Assessment of voluntary plastics pledges

EU Commission assesses voluntary pledges made by industry in response to EU strategy for plastics in circular economy; chemical recycling frequently mentioned but rarely included in the volumes of recycled plastic pledged; more information needed on chemicals in plastic waste

Circular economy stakeholder conference

European Commission and European Economic and Social Committee host 2019 conference on circular economy, focus on success stories and new challenges

Recycled plastics in food contact applications

Smithers Pira publishes white paper discussing use of recycled plastics in food contact applications

Safer materials for food packaging

Report by venture capital fund Safer Made identifies innovation needs for safer food packaging, aims to connect companies and investors

Plastics research project launches in UK

Kick-off meeting for new Exeter University research project EXeMPlaR brings together variety of different stakeholders; focus on solutions for circular plastics and economy in Southwest England

Implementation of EU circular economy plan

EU Commission evaluates implementation of its circular economy plan; all 54 actions outlined in 2015 ‘have now been delivered or are being implemented’