Deadline for Indian PET bottle ban extended

Consumers and retailers in Indian state Maharashtra must dispose of banned plastic items such as PET bottles smaller than 0.5 L until June 23, 2018

Cautious use of recycled plastics in food packaging

EU plastics strategy promotes using recycled plastics in food packaging, however food safety needs to be guaranteed, Euractiv article illustrates

Nestlé: 100% recyclable or reusable packaging by 2025

Food company Nestlé reveals plans to implement recyclable or reusable solutions for all of its packaging by 2025

EFSA working group on recycling plastics: 22nd meeting

Updated meeting minutes of EFSA’s CEF Panel working group on recycling plastics now available online

Sweden supports EU restrictions on microplastics

Swedish Chemicals Agency sees need for extended ban on microplastics in cosmetic and other chemical products, endorses restriction at EU level

Microplastics in compost

New study finds microplastic particles in compost from supermarket and household waste; plastic fragments most likely remnants of food packaging; potential source of microplastic contamination in soil and freshwater

New report on single-use plastic and food waste

Report by Friends of the Earth Europe, Zero Waste Europe, Rethink Plastic Alliance finds single-use plastic packaging not effective at reducing food waste, proposes solutions to cut both plastic and food waste

Turning PET waste into virgin material

Companies Unilever, Ioniqa and Indorama Ventures develop technology converting PET waste into virgin grade material to be used for food packaging

EU Parliament’s draft resolution on plastics

EU Parliament’s Environment Committee publishes draft resolution on EU strategy for plastics in circular economy; deadline for tabling amendments May 3, 2018

Opinion: More recycling won’t fix plastic problem

Opinion article by The Guardian highlights human health impact of plastic pollution, calls for reducing plastic production and banning classes of hazardous chemicals