Packaging: Food waste vs. plastic waste

C&EN presents the debate on the costs of food packaging made of flexible plastics and multilayered structures: Less food waste and economic benefits vs. more difficult recycling and negative environmental impacts

Industry discusses circular economy in ‘real life’

Glass, metal, steel, and paper industry meets at the European Parliament to discuss industrial symbiosis and materials recycling within the circular economy

Circular economy and recycling of plastics in the spotlight

European Plastics Converters Association holds one-day conference to discuss the future of plastics packaging

Vision of future without plastic pollution

Global movement of 90 NGOs sets 10 principles to change society’s perception and use of plastics, aiming at a future free from plastic pollution

Germany rejects EU recycling targets

EU recycling targets for municipal waste under discussion; Germany proposes new calculation method and data collection before introducing targets under the EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy

Endocrine disruption and marine plastic pollution

Talk by Pete Myers at the CE100 Annual Summit 2016 explains endocrine disruption and why it is important; shows how marine plastic pollution contaminates food chain and increases exposure to EDCs

Event: Circular economy and implications for packaging industry

International Packaging Institute hosts topical event on the circular economy on November 16, 2016 in Schaffhausen Switzerland

Report: Helsinki Chemicals Forum 2016

Chemical Watch report summarizes debates of 2016 Helsinki Chemicals Forum; focus on circular economy, perfluorinated chemicals, data sharing, and other topics

Focus on the circular economy

In-depth article in C&EN discusses the circular economy, addresses management of hazardous chemicals; extensive background articles available in recent Nature special

Circular economy: Stronger policies needed

European Environment Agency assesses resource efficiency and commitment to circular economy in European countries