California to act on single-use plastics

Senate and Assembly of California address circular economy and plastic pollution; focus on reduction and domestic recycling of single-use plastics

Guidance on sorting for recycling

Plastics Recyclers Europe publishes guidance on sorting to enable high-quality recycling

Canada to ban single-use plastics

Focus on reducing plastic pollution; development of action plan announced for Canada-wide Strategy on Zero Plastic Waste; bans planned to begin by 2021 but details still to be finalized

U.S. recycling developments state by state

Waste Dive tracks daily changes to recycling schemes in each of the 50 U.S. states, expects continued turbulence as local governments adapt to international changes

EFSA recycling plastics group: 5th meeting

Minutes of the 5th meeting of EFSA’s CEP Panel working group on recycling plastics now available online

Survey: packaging importance grows for brands

L.E.K Consulting conducts survey among 250 brand owners of packaged consumer goods; 75% expect to increase spending on packaging this year, expand focus on biodegradable, recycled, or compostable materials

EFSA: Safety of ‘Alimpet’ and ‘Texplast’ processes

EFSA’s CEP Panel considers PET recycled through ‘Alimpet’ or ‘Texplast’ processes to be safe for use in food contact applications not involving heating in microwave or conventional ovens

IPEN: ‘alarming levels’ in recycled plastics

Analyses of consumer products made of recycled plastics show high concentrations of brominated dioxins and brominated flame retardants; IPEN calls for stricter controls

Rigid polyolefin recycling capacity in Europe

Plastic Recyclers Europe reports 1.7 million tons of installed recycling capacity for the waste stream, packaging still the largest use

Calls to upgrade U.S. recycling system

U.S. House Committee discusses needs for improving plastic recycling in U.S.; only 9% of all plastics currently being recycled, 92% of consumers unsure or misinformed about recyclability of plastic products