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In its second attempt of the week, the California Assembly approved a bill that would ban single-use plastic bags statewide, the first such ban in the United States. 29 August 2014
The British Plastics Federation’s recycling group (BPFRG) has launched its manifesto for 2014 with a “strong message of PRN/PERN system reform for plastics”. 19 August 2014
The Geneva-based International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published an international standard on phthalates used as plasticisers in toys and children's products. 19 August 2014
The Birmingham Assay Office, which tests the safety of a range of consumer products, analysed 16 batches of the charms and found all had more than the legally-permitted maximum 0.1% level of phthalates by weight, and two contained 50% of the plasticiser 15 August 2014
The Chemical Industries Association (CIA) has questioned a new EU proposal on a register for nanomaterials. 13 August 2014
Tesco’s decision to ask its customers to choose the charities and environmental organisations that will benefit from an estimated £1.8m set to be raised from carrier bag charges in Wales and north of the border has been welcomed by Zero Waste Scotland. 12 August 2014
Husky Injection Molding Systems of Canada is filing new patents to get around its inability to enforce patent claims disputed by Athena Automation, also based in Canada. 11 August 2014
A number of Sidel customers, suppliers and key partners have recently been the target of Internet-based fraud attempts, said the plastics drinks packaging company. 11 August 2014
Expanded polystyrene will soon be in short supply in the US capital Washington following Mayor Vincent Gray's signing into law a bill that will ban foam food and drink containers. 31 July 2014
The PET resin patent war rumbles on between M&G Group and Invista. 30 July 2014
A Kent recycling firm has been prosecuted after an employee had his jaw shattered into “pieces like cornflakes” when he was hit by a piece of plastic pipe ejected from a bandsaw. 28 July 2014
Amongst the key priorities of the new Italian presidency of the European Union is to reduce plastic bag consumption and boost the green economy. 24 July 2014
Samsung Electronics has suspended its business with a South Korean-owned moulder in China in the midst of child labour allegations.  17 July 2014
Automotive compounder China XD Plastics has rebutted a claim from Bleecker Street Research that its “numbers don’t add up”. XD’s Nasdaq share price fell more than 20% following the statement. 15 July 2014
Data published today by Wrap shows that 8.3 billion single-use bags were used in 2013 by customers of UK supermarkets. This represents an increase of 3.2% compared to 2012 (8.1 billion) and a decrease of 32% compared to 2006 (12.2 billion), when reporting began. 15 July 2014

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