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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
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’s plans to cut consumption of lightweight plastic bags are at odds with the principals of free trade, according to an alliance of trade bodies including PlasticsEurope, the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union and the Toy Industries of Europe. 15 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
China’s plastics pipe trade association wants the industry to clean up its act and stop using recycled materials and the neurotoxin lead to manufacture drinking water pipe. 4 April 2014
The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has announced the results of its latest accident survey, which analysed 2013 data from 111 of its members. 2 April 2014
Eaglescliffe-based car parts supplier Nifco has maintained an unblemished safety record since 2008. To mark the achievement every member of the company’s 400-strong workforce has been presented with a branded rucksack. 1 April 2014
Chinese police fought 30 March with protestors marching against a proposed chemical plant making paraxylene, a building block for PET and fibres, in the southern city of Maoming. 1 April 2014
The Duchy of Grand Fenwick could evade any European Union (EU) legislation forcing retailers to charge for carrier bags as a result of the small Alpine territory’s founding documents, which prohibit any legislation that “might encumber the free transportation of ale”. 1 April 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
A Bedfordshire-based powder coating firm has been fined £36,000 after an employee suffered serious hand injuries while lifting equipment failed at the company premises in Leighton Buzzard. 18 March 2014
Arrests have been made following the theft of more than 500 tonnes of HDPE, with a sale value of £600,000. 14 March 2014
A study into consumer perceptions of plastics recycling has been published by Recoup, with funding from Defra, the Kent Resource Partnership (KPR) and the plastic recycling communications initiative steering group. 13 March 2014
The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has repeated its call for a hike in landfill tax – it wants the Chancellor to increase the levy to £200-a-tonne in his March budget statement. 25 February 2014


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