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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
A German court has told Motorola it must stop selling cell phones that have antennas made with a patented plastic electronics process. 14 July 2014
Denmark has stepped back from introducing a unilateral ban on phthalates (DEHP, DBP, DIBP and BBP) under pressure from the European Commission. 11 July 2014
The Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (Larac) has warned Westminster that the recently published EU recycling target of 70% can only be achieved if there is a rapid investment in infrastructure. 9 July 2014
The Environment Agency (EA) has revoked two environmental permits from Barnsley-based SR Waste Recycling Ltd as a result of the company’s failure to comply with an enforcement notice relating to unauthorised waste storage. 9 July 2014
The Indian plastics machinery industry is asking its government to impose anti-dumping duties on injection moulding machines from Taiwan, according the Plastics Machinery Manufacturers Association of India (PMMAI). 8 July 2014
Following the European Commission’s waste review proposal to promote a circular economy, including a ban on burying recyclables in landfills by 2025, European plastics and packaging organisations have given their reactions.  7 July 2014
The 2014 glittering black-tie event takes place on Friday, 24 October at the London Hilton on Park Lane and will be hosted by comedian Al Murray, aka The Pub Landlord. 7 July 2014
Philip Law, the new director-general of the British Plastics Federation (BPF), has warned that unless industry and governemtn start planning now it will be difficult to successfully end the landfilling of recyclable waste by the 2025 deadline. 4 July 2014
Europe’s Environment Commissioner, Janez Poto─Źnik, has said that the linear economic model employed by member states is a hangover from the 19th Century and is no longer fit for purpose "in the 21st Century world of emerging economies”. 3 July 2014
The Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants (CEWEP) has come out in support of the European Commission’s plane to phase out landfilling of recyclable and recoverable waste. 3 July 2014


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