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17.01.2018 0

British supermarket chain Iceland aims to be plastic free by 2023

According to Iceland they will become plastics free by 2023, which will affect more than a thousand own-label products. The move follows recent outcries over the packaging of cauliflower steaks and coconuts, and Sir David Attenborough's Blue Planet programme, which showed vivid images of plastic pollution.

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17.01.2018 0

European Union to Propose a tax on plastic bags

The EU is to propose a plastic bags tax and packaging to help fill a budget gap and in the interest of the world’s oceans.

“What we wish to do is reduce the total volume of plastic in the environment,” EU Budget Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said in Brussels on Wednesday. “We are going to be proposing the possibility of introducing a tax on plastics to incentivize the reduced use of plastic packaging.”

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17.01.2018 0

EU wants all plastic to be recyclable by 2030

The EU unveils a plan to make all plastic products recyclabe, in order to reduce single use products and restrict microplastics. The EU executive unveiled plans on Tuesday to make all plastic packaging in the bloc recyclable by 2030.

Europeans produce 25 million tons of plastic waste annually, but less  than 30% is recycled. 

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21.12.2017 0

65% plastics packaging recycling target is attainable

A new study by Plastics Recyclers Europe shows that the 65% recycling target for plastic packaging is achievable by 2025. The study determines a set of measures and necessary tools that will result in attaining this recycling rate. Proposed measures focus among other aspects on improving the quality and capacity of the sorting of plastic packaging waste across the EU. An additional measure, such as Design for Recycling would increase the recyclability of plastics packaging on the market and reduce sorting and recycling costs.

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13.12.2017 0

China Bans Foreign Waste

The USA exports about one-third of its recycling, and nearly half goes to China. For decades, China has used recyclables from around the world to supply its manufacturing boom. But this summer it declared that this "foreign waste" includes too many other nonrecyclable materials that are "dirty," even "hazardous." In a filing with the World Trade Organization the country listed 24 kinds of solid wastes it would ban "to protect China's environmental interests and people's health."

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13.12.2017 0

Heat-sealable packaging paper runs successfully at NOMI Co-Packing

Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH now offers a heat- sealable paper solution for packaging manufacturers and packing companies. The coated flexible packaging paper with a heat-sealable reverse side can be easily used on existing packaging lines and can be recycled in the waste paper cycle. The Dutch copack service provider NOMI Co-Packing has already successfully produced and filled stand-up pouches with the new material. With the new heat-sealable paper, Feldmuehle further expands its wide product range within its Packaging Solution business area.

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29.11.2017 0

Novamont doubles productivity

Novamont is aiming to double production capacity of the Origo-Bi biopolyester range, from 50,000 to 100,000 tonnes per year by April 2018, as well as increasing its renewable material content.

Catia Bastioli, managing director at Novamont, commented “Doubling the production capacity of the Patrica plant is a further step towards building a bioplastic and biochemical supply chain integrating research, agriculture and industry and developing products that can deliver solutions to major environmental problems”.

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29.11.2017 0

Flexo Concepts’ 100% solar-powered building

Flexo Concepts has completed the installation of a solar renewable energy system. The system “went live” on October 17, and the building occupied by the company is now 100% powered by solar-generated electricity.

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29.11.2017 0

Suez and LyondellBasell agree joint recycling venture

According to Suez, they and LyondellBasell Industries NV plan to set up a plastic recycling joint venture in the Netherlands.

Suez and LyondellBasell will each take 50% in Quality Circular Polymer (QCP), a plastics recycling firm based near Maastricht, the Netherlands, which before was held 45% by Suez, 20% by QCP managers and 35% by financial investors. Suez declined to give financial details.

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