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Oxo degradable plastic packaging is not a solution to plastics pollution?

Oxo-degradable plastics are being produced and sold in many countries, with society being led to believe they safely biodegrade in nature. Yet significant evidence suggests oxo-degradable plastics do not safely biodegrade but fragment into small pieces, contributing to microplastics pollution.

Recycled film quality negatively affected by degradable plastics from Southern Europe

Even very low quantities of degradable plastics that end up in the traditional plastic waste streams have a significant, negative impact on recycled plastics.

Biodegradable mulch films supported in revision of EU Fertilisers Regulation

13 July 2017, the European Parliament’s Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) adopted its report amending the European Commission's proposal for a revision of the Fertilisers Regulation.


Lanxess expands range of membranes for reverse osmosis

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is expanding its range of membrane elements for reverse osmosis (RO).

Can today’s unrecyclables become tomorrow's resources?

Axion Polymers suggests that labelling some plastic waste products as ‘unrecyclable’ risks losing the opportunities to recover these raw materials in the future.

The Netherlands take clear anti-litter actions

Waste Free Oceans welcomes The Netherland’s decision to keep a reverse vending scheme in place.

Fashion show at NPE2015 reflects zero waste strategy

Stylish and unique garments and accessories designed by students of the Savannah College of Art and Design will be made of recycled and reused plastics.

Energy Bag Pilot Program for plastic waste

Dow co-sponsored the program which demonstrated, that plastics that are not easily recyclable can be converted into synthetic crude oil for fuel.

Cooperation for circular economy

Four EU recycling industries are committing to work together and pursue the common goal of promoting circular economy.

Recyclers support new EP resolution on plastics waste

Plastics Recyclers Europe welcomed the decision of the Members of the European Parliament.

China's operation reorganizes plastic waste import

"Green Fence" operation has significantly limited plastic waste import to China.

Plastic waste to protect from flooding

Mixed plastic waste will be used to produce flood barriers.

Governor of Illinois vetoes “plastic bag” bill

Governor of Illinois Pat Quinn vetoed a bill which would have removed the right of home rule communities to implement innovative solutions to the plastic bag litter problem.

Plastics Producer SABIC Agrees to Reduce Harmful Air Pollution

SABIC Innovative Plastics US LLC, and its subsidiary, SABIC Innovative Plastics Mt. Vernon LLC, have agreed to pay an approximately $1 million civil penalty and improve leak detection and repair practices to settle alleged violations of the Clean Air Act (CAA) at chemical manufacturing facilities in Mt. Vernon, Ind., and Burkville, Ala.

Coca-Cola uses Olympic torch relay to take recycling message across Britain

Coca-Cola is running a major recycling campaign over the next 10 weeks as part of its role on the Olympic Torch Relay.