Recyclable packaging for meat products

Australian retailer Coles switches to recyclable meat packaging made from recycled PET with biodegradable barrier layer

UK recycling and waste management conference

Exhibition and conference on recycling and waste management to take place on September 12-13, 2018, in Birmingham, UK; focus on plastic waste problems

Soil microbes eat biodegradable plastic

Swiss and Austrian researchers show that soil microorganisms fully metabolize biodegradable polymer polybutylene adipate terephthalate; European Bioplastics deems doubts about biodegradable plastics clarified

Laser marks on German fruit and vegetables

German retailer EDEKA launches laser marks on fruit and vegetables instead of using sticker labels or plastic film

Opinion: Unlearn how to waste plastics

Article by Environmental Health News discusses increasing challenge of plastic waste driven by economic pressure and growth; recycling and bioplastics deemed ‘simple solutions’ incapable of meeting problem’s scale

France to tax non-recycled plastic packaging

French government plans to make products packaged in non-recycled plastic more expensive than those using recycled packaging

EFSA evaluates ‘General Plastic’ recycling process

EFSA’s CEP Panel considers PET made from recycling process ‘General Plastic’ safe for use in food contact articles for all types of foodstuffs under certain conditions

JRC report on PAH migration

EU Joint Research Centre develops method to determine migration of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons from plastic and rubber articles with focus on dermal contact

UK: Most plastic food packaging unrecyclable

UK Local Government Association finds only one third of collected plastic food packaging is recyclable, calls for better packaging design, ban on low-grade plastics, greater contribution of producers to cost of collection and disposal

Kraft Heinz aims for sustainable packaging

Food and beverage company Kraft Heinz announces goal to make 100% of its packaging recyclable, reusable, compostable by 2025