New research institute for packaging

Nestlé launches Institute of Packaging Sciences to advance development of ‘functional, safe and environmentally friendly’ food packaging

EFSA plastics recycling working group: 2nd meeting

EFSA’s CEP Panel working group on recycling plastics holds 2nd meeting; minutes now available online

Guidelines for designing recyclable PET trays

Petcore Europe and Plastics Recyclers Europe issue industry guidelines for designing PET trays that can be recycled back into food contact applications

EFSA assesses ‘RecyPET Hungária’ recycling process

EFSA’s CEP Panel considers recycling process ‘RecyPET Hungária’ insufficiently characterized with regard to decontamination efficiency to produce safe recycled PET

Workshop on environmental impact of plastic packaging

Euractiv workshop explored opportunities and challenges in developing eco-friendly alternatives to single-use plastic food packaging; summary video available online

More toxic chemicals in recycled plastics products

Environmental NGOs find brominated dioxins in children’s toys, highlight need to avoid recycling of materials containing hazardous chemicals

Germany to tackle plastic waste

German Environment Ministry presents 5-point plan to limit plastic waste, suggests measures to reduce plastic consumption, increase recycling, clean up environment

JRC informs about chemicals in food packaging

EU Joint Research Centre highlights Commission’s efforts in ensuring safety of food contact materials in new 2-page document

No higher limit for PBDEs in recycled plastics

EU Parliament adopts POPs Regulation Recast but rejects amendment to increase maximum concentration limit for persistent organic pollutants such as polybrominated diphenyl ethers in recycled plastics

Quality-marked PET bottles to contain more recyclate

German quality label RAL Gütezeichen intends to increase average recycled content in PET beverage packaging to 50% by 2022