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I’ve spent the past few weeks talking to plastics recyclers and the overall picture for the sector is generally pretty upbeat. Everyone wants it to succeed – there’s a will, there’s a way… but there’s still not enough momentum. 24 April 2014
European Union (EU) countries could have to reduce the use of plastic carrier bags by at least 80% by 2019 under draft rules backed by the European Parliament yesterday (16 April). 17 April 2014
Brazilian petrochemical major Braskem, a leading biopolymer producer, and Resin Trade, an international polymer distributor, have signed a partnership to distribute ‘green’ polyethylene in the UK. 17 April 2014
Janez Potocnik, Europe’s commissioner for the environment, told the European Parliament yesterday [15 April] that plastic carrier bags are a “highly visible environmental problem” and that their over-consumption and littering need to be addressed. 16 April 2014
The European Commission (EC) is set to outline its vision for a circular economy and its “competitiveness strategy”, including revised recycling targets past 2020. 11 April 2014
Biffa Waste Services has been fined for safety breaches after a Derby agency worker lost the tips of two fingers in unguarded machinery. 7 April 2014
Nampak Plastics received the Sir Peter Parker Award for sustainable business leadership at the Sustainable City Awards. The firm’s Infini bottle was also highly commended in the Responsible Waste Management category.   2 April 2014
It’s a first for England's World Cup team –a kit made almost entirely from recycled PET: 100% recycled PET shorts, 96% recycled PET shirts and 78% recycled PET socks. 1 April 2014
Lancashire-based plastic recycling business Preston Plastics has invested £300,000 in its vehicle fleet and new equipment as it capitalises on increased demand from the industry. 31 March 2014
Dale Farm, part of a UK dairy farmer co-operative owned by more than 1,900 dairy farmers, has slashed its packaging material usage by 68% using the TrakRap secondary packaging system. 28 March 2014
Manufacturers are realising that significant environmental benefits can accrue from simply reducing the weight of a packaging product, either by a few grammes or from a complete change in materials and design. 28 March 2014
Naples, the Greek’s first major city in Italy, ancient Rome’s first major port, home of liquefying saint’s blood and the birthplace of the pizza. What’s not to like? Well, the rubbish in the streets for one. 27 March 2014
Tesco is to introduce egg cartons made from recycled PET bottles in a bid to reduce breakages and halt pack damage. 27 March 2014
EuPC has slammed a European Parliament-backed report on how to cut the use of lightweight plastic carrier bags, singling out “untrue” claims for biodegradable and compostable materials. 20 March 2014
Zero Waste Scotland has launched the RETrieve Scotland Support Programme, which has been designed to help manufacturers incorporate increased levels of recyclate in their products. 17 March 2014


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