UK Plastics Pact 2025 roadmap

UK’s Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) publishes UK Plastics Pact roadmap to 2025, outlines key actions to take to tackle plastic pollution

Conference on FCM regulation

Industry platform Chem Academy hosts conference on food contact materials regulation on February 18-19, 2019, in Berlin; registration now open

Meat packaging producer commits to circularity

Packaging company Sealed Air announces to make all of its plastic packaging, including meat packaging, fully recyclable and reusable by 2025

Global commitment to tackle plastic pollution

Ellen MacArthur Foundation initiates New Plastics Economy Global Commitment to stop plastic pollution at source; 290+ organizations pledge to eliminate, innovate, circulate plastic packaging

EEB conference 2018

European Environmental Bureau holds annuals conference on November 5, 2018; toxic chemicals and circular economy to be discussed; registration now open

Toxic chemicals in recycled plastics products

New study by environmental health organizations finds brominated flame retardants in children’s food contact articles and other products made of recycled plastics; call against recycling of hazardous waste

EU bioeconomy strategy

EU Commission publishes updated strategy for developing ‘sustainable and circular bioeconomy’ in Europe

‘Next generation’ black plastics for easy sorting

Industry specialist discusses advantages of black plastics detectable by near-infrared light and thus amenable to automatic sorting; an increase in NIR sorting capacities and more awareness among retailers and public needed to decrease black plastics waste

Managing SVHCs in waste for recycling

Dutch Institute for Public Health and Environment publishes guidance on substances of very high concern in waste, proposes decision tree to decide if it is safe to recycle

Opinion: Plastic recycling a ‘false promise’

Engineer estimates U.S. plastic recycling rate below 5% in 2018, calls for ‘real solutions’ to plastic pollution such as reduced production of single-use plastics, implementation of deposit schemes