Responsibility of (bio)plastics industry

13th annual European Bioplastics conference discusses impacts of plastics pollution, elements of EU circular economy package, food contact regulations, bioplastics market development, life cycle assessment, new building blocks

Regulation of single-use plastics

UN Environment releases report on global ‘regulatory landscape’ for single-use plastics and microplastics in 192 countries, calls for more consolidation in policies worldwide

POPs regulation endorsed by European Council

European Council endorses recast of Persistent Organic Pollutants Regulation, adopts 500 ppm limit for brominated flame retardants and 10,000 ppm limit for short-chain chlorinated paraffins

Workshop on environmental impact of plastic packaging

Euractiv workshop explored opportunities and challenges in developing eco-friendly alternatives to single-use plastic food packaging; summary video available online

More toxic chemicals in recycled plastics products

Environmental NGOs find brominated dioxins in children’s toys, highlight need to avoid recycling of materials containing hazardous chemicals

Germany to tackle plastic waste

German Environment Ministry presents 5-point plan to limit plastic waste, suggests measures to reduce plastic consumption, increase recycling, clean up environment

No higher limit for PBDEs in recycled plastics

EU Parliament adopts POPs Regulation Recast but rejects amendment to increase maximum concentration limit for persistent organic pollutants such as polybrominated diphenyl ethers in recycled plastics

UK Plastics Pact 2025 roadmap

UK’s Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) publishes UK Plastics Pact roadmap to 2025, outlines key actions to take to tackle plastic pollution

Thoughts on ‘plastic backlash’

Article in The Guardian ruminates on the history of plastics, reasons for current ‘backlash,’ possible outcomes and way forward

Persistence as cause of concern

Scientists review environmental implications of high persistence, argue that ‘highly persistent chemicals should be regulated on the basis of their persistence alone,’ regardless of bioaccumulation and toxicity propertie