Nestlé investment to create market for recycled plastics

International food and beverage company to invest over 2 billion USD to source packaging from food-grade recycled plastics; aims to create market for recycled material, launch venture fund to support packaging innovation

Study on alternatives to laminate packaging

Dutch Knowledge Institute for Sustainable Packaging (KIDV) publishes study on recyclable alternatives to laminate materials in food packaging; finds direct replacement difficult, design changes needed

U.S. plastic bottle recycling continues to decline in 2018

Report by Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) shows that U.S. postconsumer plastic bottle collection fell to 28.9% in 2018; exports of postconsumer bottles drop, fraction processed domestically at an all-time high

Consultation on flexible packaging guidelines

Circular Economy for Flexible Packaging (CEFLEX) initiative calls for comments on polyolefin-based packaging design guidelines; online consultation open until January 17, 2020

P&P conference 2019: Industry perspectives on FCMs

Recycling, biobased polymers, NIAS among the important topics discussed at Smithers Pira’s conference on plastics and paper in contact with food

P&P conference 2019: FCM legal developments

Keynote talks and presentations during Smithers Pira’s annual conference on plastics and paper in contact with food inform about new EU legislation and global regulatory developments

Industry sets 90% glass collection target for EU

European glass container industry association sets target for glass collection to 90% by 2030; launches ‘Close the Glass Loop’ stewardship program

SVI annual conference 2020

Swiss Packaging Institute (SVI) to hold annual event on January 14, 2020; presentations will focus on packaging in the circular economy with a focus on plastic and paperboard packaging; registration open until December 15

Ways towards more sustainable packaging

Brands, packaging producers and other stakeholders gather in Barcelona to discuss sustainable packaging; current focus on increasing recycling, but packaging reduction and reuse are the mid-term aims; chemical safety only touched upon briefly

Walmart updates Recycling Playbook

Retailer releases updated version of playbook to support companies in setting their own goals for recyclable packaging, recycled content; provides information on optimizing, changing, or advancing packaging based on format and existing recycling infrastructure