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

EP: Draft report on packaging and waste

European Parliament proposes amendments to directive on packaging and packaging waste; food packaging could be replaced with bio-based, biodegradable and compostable products

Start of new plastics economy initiative

New Plastics Economy initiative launched by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation kicks off with inaugural workshop

FCMs in the circular economy

Event at EU parliament highlights challenges, opportunities for chemical safety of FCMs in the circular economy

Recycling of PET thermoforms

Petcore Europe updates on recent challenges in recycling PET thermoforms; collection and sorting of PET packaging need improvement; packaging design is key for recycling