UK fund to redesign plastics production

UK’s science minister announces £20 million fund to support ‘research and innovation’ in plastics production and consumption patterns

Revised EU waste legislation published

EU publishes new waste directive; entry into force 20 days after publication; industry newly required to notify SVHC presence in articles

EFSA working group on recycling plastics: 23rd meeting

Updated meeting minutes of EFSA’s CEF Panel working group on recycling plastics now available online

FPF Webinar: Food packaging in the circular economy

Food Packaging Forum presents its new study on the chemical safety of food packaging materials in the circular economy in webinar on June 26, 2018; registration now open

Steel packaging recycling in Europe at 79.5%

Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging reports steel packaging recycling in Europe at record high 79.5% in 2016; ‘well on track’ for self-imposed target of 80% recycling by 2020

Recycling industry launches ‘RecyClass’ platform

Plastics Recyclers Europe introduces online tool ‘RecyClass’ to assess recyclability of plastic packaging, aims to combine knowledge of recyclers and packaging producers to improve packaging design for recycling

Hazardous chemicals in black plastic food containers

New study detects bromine and heavy metals in black plastic food contact items; recycling of black plastic electronic waste into sensitive consumer goods discussed as source of hazardous chemicals

Where do collected recyclables go?

New York Times addresses China’s ban on waste imports, illustrates impacts on recycling programs in the U.S. and globally

OECD report on recycled plastics

New OECD report focuses on measures to improve markets for recycled plastics

UK retailer to phase out non-recyclable plastics by 2019

UK supermarket chain Tesco aims to ban non-recyclable plastic packaging by 2019, move towards closed loop system