Colombia extends heavy metal regulation in glass, ceramics

Emergency resolution originally set to expire in July 2020 extended for six months until January 16, 2021; sets migration limits for lead and cadmium from ceramic and glass food contact materials into food

Beverage container associations urge support for deposit programs

Aluminum, glass, and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) packaging manufacturer associations ask US state governments to clearly communicate container return process to consumers, stress importance of recycling returned containers to meet currently high packaging demand during COVID-19 pandemic

Industry survey on glass packaging and consumers

European Container Glass Federation (FEVE) reports results from recent survey on European consumers; finds increase in glass packaging purchases, decisions being driven increasingly by recyclability and environmental considerations

Flexible plastic packaging expected to grow

Market research by the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (PMMI) estimates 3,271 billion packaging units sold in 2018, led by flexible plastics and PET bottles; expects both material types to also see greatest increases by 2023

Survey quantifies consumer perceptions by packaging types

2019 EcoFocus Trends Survey finds consumers perceive glass and paper-based packaging as most healthy and eco-friendly, 64% of millennials willing to pay for eco-friendly products

Colombia regulates heavy metals in glass, ceramics

Colombian health ministry publishes emergency technical regulation setting migration limits for lead and cadmium in food contact glass and ceramics; new limits effective until July 2020

Industry sets 90% glass collection target for EU

European glass container industry association sets target for glass collection to 90% by 2030; launches ‘Close the Glass Loop’ stewardship program

Glass recycling at 76% in the EU

European Container Glass Federation (FEVE) reports record rate of 76% recycling of glass packaging in 2017 in the EU

California adjusts metal limits in recycled glass

State legislative bodies pass bill raising combined limit of four heavy metals in recycled glass packaging from 100 to 200 ppm temporarily; State’s governor vetoes bill, permitted levels set to remain at 100 ppm

Food Dive article on resurgence of glass

Article discusses the benefits and shortfalls of glass as a food packaging material, sees glass as viable option for the future as brands commit to recyclable and reusable packaging