Where do collected recyclables go?

New York Times addresses China’s ban on waste imports, illustrates impacts on recycling programs in the U.S. and globally

Food packaging in the circular economy

New FPF scientific publication summarizes safety aspects of commonly used food packaging types after recycling, shows typical chemical contaminants, discusses further measures for safe food packaging in the circular economy

EU glass recycling rate remains at 74%

European Container Glass Federation publishes latest statistics on glass packaging recycling in the EU; glass recycling rate stabilizes at 74%

UK to introduce bottle deposit system

UK government announces introduction of deposit return scheme for single-use drinks containers made of plastic, glass, metal; planned scheme subject to consultation later in 2018

Migration tests for ceramics and crystal ware

EU reference laboratory for FCMs publishes final report on suitable test methods for measuring migration of metals from ceramics and glass to support revision of EU Ceramic Directive

Microplastics in mineral water

Scientists detect microplastics in mineral waters packed in plastic bottles, glass bottles, beverage cartons; highest content found in carbonated water from refillable plastic bottles; packaging is one possible contamination source

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

Permanent materials for a circular economy

European Glass Container Federation recommends incentivizing permanent materials and closed loop recycling for food packaging to achieve effective and safe circular economy

Migration of metals from ceramic and glass FCMs

EU reference laboratory for FCMs publishes report on interlaboratory comparison exercise to determine metal migration from decorated ceramic and glass tableware

Consumer preference for glass packaging

Friends of Glass survey finds EU-consumers to favor glass packaging for food and drink; glass considered to be safest packaging material with lowest risk of interaction with food