Conference: Sustainability in packaging

Smithers Pira held “Sustainability in Packaging Europe” event on October 24-26, 2017 in Barcelona; speakers addressed plastic and packaging waste, packaging design, food waste, packaging machinery, and food brands’ activities

New technology for chemical recycling of PET

EU-funded project DEMETO develops industrial-scale process to chemically break down PET to its building blocks and reintroduce them at the virgin-grade production stage

Event: Different materials in the circular economy

European Glass Container Industry celebrates 40th anniversary and hosts event to discuss material-strategy of circular economy with experts, December 5, 2017 in Brussels

Conference: PET in the circular economy

Petcore Europe holds annual conference on February 7-8, 2018 in Brussels; focus on strategies for PET in the circular economy; registration now open

Conference: Paper and board FCMs in a circular economy

Belgian trade association of paper and board processing industries holds conference on November 17, 2017 in Brussels; focus on use of recycled materials for food contact

Barriers to using recycled plastics

European Plastics Converters Association survey shows quality issues, instability of supply, as well as lacking support by customers and regulation hinder the use of recycled plastic materials in Europe

EU’s non-toxic strategy reports

EU Commission publishes comprehensive study and 7 sub-studies on its non-toxic environment strategy

Substances of concern in the circular economy

EU Parliament addresses the fate of chemicals in the circular economy, supports the development of non-toxic material cycles

Proceedings of PET recycling workshop

Petcore Europe held workshop on recycling of PET thermoforms on September 19, 2017 in Brussels; workshop presentations now available

Degradable plastics and recycling

Plastics Recyclers Europe and European Bioplastics address impacts of degradable plastics on quality of recycled film; call for separate collection