OECD webinar on plastics

Webinar focused on improving plastics recycling rates, avoiding environmental impacts; built on earlier OECD report

NGO: Incinerators challenge waste management

European Environmental Bureau reports on high per capita waste generation, funding of incinerators inhibiting waste prevention and recycling

Negative list of packaging materials

Nestlé publishes a list of materials to be avoided in its packaging because of recycling difficulties, including PVC, PVDC, PS, ePS, regenerated cellulose, unrecyclable multilayers; industry association counters that ePS can be recycled

Economics of plastic recycling

McKinsey & Company release study examining the potential of plastics recycling technologies; estimates $60 billion in profit growth for petrochemicals and plastics sector

EU considers new calculation rules

New calculation methodology for recycling under discussion by EU; could impact actual recycling rates in meeting set 2030 targets

Berkeley restricts single-use plastic

City of Berkeley in U.S to introduce ban on use of non-compostable foodware items in 2022; aim to force shift from plastic to compostable food containers, reduce quantity of single-use items

Swiss industry discusses packaging of the future

Trade association’s annual conference 2019 zooms in on criteria for future-proof packaging solutions, focuses on recycling and consumer education

Guidance on packaging definitions

American Institute for Packaging and the Environment publishes guidance document comparing varying definitions that currently exist within packaging materials management

EU Regions’ opinion on plastics strategy

EU Committee of Regions releases opinion urging that hazardous substances be ‘completely removed’ from plastic products by 2025, in order to boost circular economy

Plastic bottle recycling in U.S. continues to fall

Latest report from industry groups shows decrease in amount of post-consumer plastic bottles collected for recycling