German packaging register online

Central German packaging register ‘LUCID’ launched; registration of packaged goods possible until January 1, 2019, when new German packaging law enters into force

PepsiCo: 50% rPET in Europe by 2030

PepsiCo commits to using 50% recycled polyethylene terephthalate in beverage bottles in the EU by 2030

Recyclability protocol for plastic films

Plastics Recyclers Europe’s ‘RecyClass’ project releases testing protocol for evaluating recyclability of polyethylene plastic films

New market research on single-use plastics

Financial institution Citi publishes report on risks and opportunities in single-use plastics, discusses alternative materials metal, glass, paper

Opinion: Plastic packaging should be simplified

Cradle to Cradle scientist Michael Braungart calls for fewer and simplified polymers to create material cycles rather than waste

Conference on future of polyolefins

Annual summit on the future of the polyolefins industry to take place on January 16-17, 2019 in Antwerp, Belgium; registration now open

Renewable carbon for sustainable chemical industry

Position paper by nova-Institute highlights why chemical and plastics industry should switch to renewable carbon sources and illustrates how this could be achieved

EU advisory body recommends prioritizing chemicals legislation

European Economic and Social Committee publishes opinion on chemicals, products, waste in the circular economy, calls for full application of REACH and other chemicals legislation

Opinion: All SVHCs belong on Candidate List

NGO ChemSec discusses why REACH is moving too slowly and all substances meeting SVHC criteria should be added to Candidate List

UK: Most plastic food packaging unrecyclable

UK Local Government Association finds only one third of collected plastic food packaging is recyclable, calls for better packaging design, ban on low-grade plastics, greater contribution of producers to cost of collection and disposal