Meat packaging producer commits to circularity

Packaging company Sealed Air announces to make all of its plastic packaging, including meat packaging, fully recyclable and reusable by 2025

The complexity of plastics recycling

Article by EcoWatch outlines some of the challenges in recycling plastics, deems recycling no simple solution to plastic pollution

UK to tax plastic packaging

UK government plans introducing tax on all plastic packaging containing less than 30% recycled content by April 2022

Global commitment to tackle plastic pollution

Ellen MacArthur Foundation initiates New Plastics Economy Global Commitment to stop plastic pollution at source; 290+ organizations pledge to eliminate, innovate, circulate plastic packaging

New EFSA plastics recycling working group: 1st meeting

EFSA’s CEP Panel working group on recycling plastics holds 1st meeting; minutes now available online

CEP Panel: 2nd plenary meeting

EFSA’s CEP Panel held 2nd plenary meeting on September 26-27, 2018; new food contact substances, PET recycling processes, evaluation of FCM legislation, updated risk assessment for phthalates discussed

Toxic chemicals in recycled plastics products

New study by environmental health organizations finds brominated flame retardants in children’s food contact articles and other products made of recycled plastics; call against recycling of hazardous waste

‘Next generation’ black plastics for easy sorting

Industry specialist discusses advantages of black plastics detectable by near-infrared light and thus amenable to automatic sorting; an increase in NIR sorting capacities and more awareness among retailers and public needed to decrease black plastics waste

Discussing database on SVHCs in products

Manufacturers criticize ECHA’s proposal for database of SVHCs in products; recycling industry welcomes the idea but is concerned about lack of coverage for products already marketed; ECHA to hold a workshop on SVHC database on October 22-23, 2018

Managing SVHCs in waste for recycling

Dutch Institute for Public Health and Environment publishes guidance on substances of very high concern in waste, proposes decision tree to decide if it is safe to recycle