Recycling ocean bound HDPE for food contact

U.S. Food and Drug Administration issues letter of non-objection to Envision Plastics for use of recycled high density polyethylene waste plastic collected from rivers in food contact articles

Aquafina, Dasani water in aluminum cans

Beverage manufacturers PepsiCo and Coca-Cola both plan to release their flagship water brands in new packaging, including aluminum cans and bottles; new packaging to be rolled out in the U.S. through 2020

Status report on advancing U.S. recycling

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports on status of working group efforts, identifies priority actions; current focus largely on exploring options, enacting legislation still a distant prospect

Recycling challenges for McDonald’s paper straws

Restaurant chain working with waste management providers in the UK and Ireland to improve recycling of its paper straws; paper thickness initially causing recycling complications, straws being treated temporarily with general waste until solution found

EFSA opinions on four PET recycling processes

European Food Safety Authority’s Working Group on Recycling Plastics publishes opinions on four processes for recycling polyethylene terephthalate (PET) into food contact materials; includes AMB, Poly Recycling, Texplast, Quinn Packaging processes

U.S. lawmakers to propose sweeping waste bill

Outline of bill includes extending producer responsibility, introduction of nationwide deposit schemes, single-use plastic bans, 100% recyclable packaging requirement; public feedback accepted until August 21, 2019

The Intercept article on plastic waste

Article discusses growing use of plastics and calls into question the effectiveness of current and future recycling efforts, skeptical of recent brand and retailer efforts to adapt their uses of plastic packaging

Recyclability evaluation protocol for HDPE

Protocol describes laboratory methods needed for determining recyclability of high density polyethylene (HDPE)

EFSA recycling plastics group: 6th meeting

EFSA’s CEP Panel’s working group on recycling plastics 2018-2021 continues discussing draft scientific opinions on several plastic recycling processes; minutes of the 6th meeting now available online

The Guardian article on effective recycling

Article provides tips for recycling within current recycling systems; promotes reduction and reuse over recycling, emphasizes importance of material separation, stresses geographic variation in collection and recycling infrastructure