Challenges and developments in plastic converter industry

Food Contact Plastics Seminar 2019 discusses use of the mutual recognition principle, improved supply chain communication, analysis of non-intentionally added substances, and regulation of recycling for plastic FCMs

Recyclability guidelines for paper and board

New guidelines to help retailers and designers understand recyclability of paper and board-based packaging, promote use of packaging most easily processed by paper mills

Ecodesign of plastics

NGO ECOS launches study on ecodesign of plastics; anticipated report seeks to assess available policy tools, identify development needs

German newspaper reports on plastic packaging

Plastic food packaging topic of article in German newspaper taz; focusing on regulation, knowledge gaps, recycling; experts provide background information

EFSA plastics recycling working group: 4th meeting

EFSA’s CEP Panel working group on recycling plastics holds 4th meeting; minutes now available online

Tesco trials packaging-free produce

UK retailer launches trial at two stores to sell 45 produce products without packaging for one month; aims to keep reducing amount of packaging and ensure recyclability

Starbucks to trial compostable cups

Coffee company and coffeehouse chain Starbucks announces trialing of recyclable, compostable cups in several U.S. cities; NGO highlights need for change in consumer behavior, advocates for more reusable cups

Low plastic collection rates in U.S.

Plastic recyclers comment on the ongoing problem of low plastic collection rates in the U.S.; criticize soft drink companies for fighting introduction of bottle deposit tax, call for collection rate to rise from 30% to 70%

Launch of Chemical Recycling Europe

New association for chemical recycling launches in Europe; conference on the topic to be held June 4, 2019 in Brussels

IdentiPlast 2019 conference

Conference on recycling and recovery of plastics brings together 340 participants from across plastics supply chain and public authorities; discussions focus on technical aspects of improving plastic waste management