Challenges and developments in plastic converter industry

Food Contact Plastics Seminar 2019 discusses use of the mutual recognition principle, improved supply chain communication, analysis of non-intentionally added substances, and regulation of recycling for plastic FCMs

Southeast Asian supermarkets switch to banana leaves

Supermarkets in Thailand and Vietnam trial wrapping produce in banana leaves rather than plastic packaging; other food packaging changes in region reported

Increase in demand for biodegradable films

Demand for biodegradable films forecasted to increase 5.4% annually, reach a market value of $122 million; growing composting infrastructure and government initiatives to reduce landfilling to boost growth

Infographics on plastics and health

Gallifrey Foundation publishes infographics on life cycle stages of plastics and risks to human health

EFSA plastics recycling working group: 4th meeting

EFSA’s CEP Panel working group on recycling plastics holds 4th meeting; minutes now available online

EU Parliament bans certain single-use plastics

European Parliament agrees on measures to ban specific single-use plastics in EU by 2021, sets targets for bottle collection and recycled content, extends producer responsibility and labeling

Starbucks to trial compostable cups

Coffee company and coffeehouse chain Starbucks announces trialing of recyclable, compostable cups in several U.S. cities; NGO highlights need for change in consumer behavior, advocates for more reusable cups

Low plastic collection rates in U.S.

Plastic recyclers comment on the ongoing problem of low plastic collection rates in the U.S.; criticize soft drink companies for fighting introduction of bottle deposit tax, call for collection rate to rise from 30% to 70%

Launch of Chemical Recycling Europe

New association for chemical recycling launches in Europe; conference on the topic to be held June 4, 2019 in Brussels

IdentiPlast 2019 conference

Conference on recycling and recovery of plastics brings together 340 participants from across plastics supply chain and public authorities; discussions focus on technical aspects of improving plastic waste management