Efficiency of ‘PET-eating’ enzyme can be improved

Scientists modify PET-degrading bacterial enzyme to make it more efficient; enzyme also supports PEF degradation; further improvement required to allow industrial application in plastics recycling

EU Parliament approves new waste policy

EU Parliament votes in favor of waste legislation package; 2030 recycling targets set at 60% for municipal waste and 70% for packaging; manufacturers to make information on SVHC content in products available to public

Cautious use of recycled plastics in food packaging

EU plastics strategy promotes using recycled plastics in food packaging, however food safety needs to be guaranteed, Euractiv article illustrates

EU glass recycling rate remains at 74%

European Container Glass Federation publishes latest statistics on glass packaging recycling in the EU; glass recycling rate stabilizes at 74%

Nestlé: 100% recyclable or reusable packaging by 2025

Food company Nestlé reveals plans to implement recyclable or reusable solutions for all of its packaging by 2025

EFSA working group on recycling plastics: 22nd meeting

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

FCMs in a circular economy: Protecting consumers and environment

Expert panel discusses chemical safety of food packaging and management of packaging waste at Euractiv event in Brussels

New report on single-use plastic and food waste

Report by Friends of the Earth Europe, Zero Waste Europe, Rethink Plastic Alliance finds single-use plastic packaging not effective at reducing food waste, proposes solutions to cut both plastic and food waste

Turning PET waste into virgin material

Companies Unilever, Ioniqa and Indorama Ventures develop technology converting PET waste into virgin grade material to be used for food packaging

EU Parliament’s draft resolution on plastics

EU Parliament’s Environment Committee publishes draft resolution on EU strategy for plastics in circular economy; deadline for tabling amendments May 3, 2018