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TerraCycle Launches Waste Bag for Hard-to-Recycle Waste

TerraCycle has announced the launch of its Zero Waste Bag, a “first-of-its-kind” solution for consumers to recycle hard-to-recycle waste. The Zero Waste Bag is designed to help recycle 14 common waste streams which are not...

Dow Sources Bio-based Feedstock for US Plastics Production

Dow has secured a long-term supply of bio-based ethylene feedstock for use in renewable-polyethylene production through a North American agreement with bioconversion company New Energy Blue. New Energy Blue will make the bio-based ethylene from...

Aquapak Joins CEFLEX to Support Circular Economy Development

Aquapak Polymers, a developer of Hydropol (a polymer based on PVOH), has joined The Circular Economy for Flexible packaging (CEFlex) initiative – a collaboration of over 180 European companies, associations and organizations representing the entire...

Greenback Commissions Plant in Mexico

United Kingdom-based Greenback Recycling Technologies has started up what it calls an advanced recycling plant in late May in Cuautla, Mexico, working in cooperation with Nestlé Mexico. The firm says it also has plans to...

SMBC Invests $10m to Advance Circular Plastics in North America

The Closed Loop Circular Plastics Fund has received a $10m investment from Japanese multinational banking and financial services institution Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC). The investment partnership aims to advance the recovery and recycling of...

FPA Signs Coalition Letter to Members of the New York State Legislature Regarding Essential Elements of a Workable, Effective EPR Program

The undersigned businesses and associations support the adoption of a workable, cost-effective expanded producer responsibility program for post-consumer packaging materials. We believe it is essential that any program: be guided by the findings of an...

Plastics Industry Association Releases Economic Analysis on Plastics Materials for Recycling

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) has released an analysis on plastics materials for recycling, authored by PLASTICS Chief Economist Dr. Perc Pineda. The economic analysis provides consideration of the millions of workers employed in the...

Plastic Recycling in Focus as Treaty Talks Get Underway in Paris

As talks start on a global plastics treaty, debate is emerging between countries wanting to limit the production of more plastics and the petrochemical industry favoring recycling as the solution to plastic waste. Ahead of...

Biden Administration Pushes Plans for Plastic Alternatives

President Joe Biden’s administration continues to promote plans to use biotechnology and biomanufacturing to develop sustainable alternatives across industries, including fuels, medicines, and plastics, with plastics being largely displaced by 2043. The administration says it...

ProAmpac Unveils Innovative Easy-Peel Open Recyclable Snack Packaging Technology

ProAmpac, a leader in flexible packaging and material science, introduces its patent-pending, ProActive Recyclable R-2200D Easy-Peel Open Packaging. A groundbreaking innovation, the R-2200D provides consumers a hassle-free snacking experience through its exceptional, easy-peel, easy-to-open sealant...

Debates Emerge as FTC Reassesses Packaging Recyclability Claims Under Green Guides

Chemical recycling, access to recycling as a key metric and the potential for national rulemaking were some of the areas that divided expert panelists at a Federal Trade Commission workshop. A Federal Trade Commission workshop...

Plastics Industry Association: UNEA Global Plastics Agreement Negotiations Industry Position and Priorities

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) is the only organization that supports the entire plastics supply chain, including Equipment Suppliers, Material Suppliers, Processors and Recyclers, representing over one million workers in our $468 billion U.S. industry....

UK Plastic Packaging Tax Exceeds Targets in Its First Year

The latest HMRC data from (23 May) reveals that the Plastic Packaging Tax (PPT) has raised a total of £263 million through the first 10 months of the scheme. It means that the Tax has...

S-OneLP ReEarth Compostable Films Earn TUV Certifications

S-One Labels & Packaging ReEarth compostable flexible packaging films received both TUV OK compost Home and TUV OK compost Industrial certifications. “We are committed to developing end-of-life solutions for our products to keep our landscapes...

How a Global Treaty Could Solve the Plastic Waste Crisis

Can plastics achieve par with climate and biodiversity as critical issues worthy of a global treaty? We’re about to find out. In Paris, a United Nations-sponsored gathering of nations, business groups and activists will gather...

Commercially Compostable VCI Film Brings Corrosion Protection ‘Back to Nature’

What if plastic packaging could go back to nature once it was used--not only for organics waste, but also for specialty rust preventative packaging? That is what Cortec® seeks to do with Eco-Corr Film® as a viable option...

Canadian Associations Collaborate to Optimize Flexible Plastics Recycling

The Canada Plastics Pact (CPP), the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC), Circular Materials, the Circular Plastics Taskforce (CPT), Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ), and the Film and Flexibles Recycling Coalition of The Recycling Partnership have...

Flexible and Compostable Product Groups Discuss Circularity Goals for Hard-to-recycle Packaging

The executive directors of the Flexible Packaging Association and Biodegradable Products Institute discussed what their stakeholders view as important tenets of EPR policies. How can extended producer responsibility affect types of packaging that lack curbside...

New Research: Sustainable Packaging in Europe

The report, based on unique research with sustainable packaging experts in the UK, Italy and Germany1, reveals that 62% expect their company to increase their budgets for investing in sustainable packaging material over the next...

Flint Group Launches its PRISM Sustainability Framework

Leading global developer of inks and coatings, Flint Group, has outlined its plans to reduce its environmental impact under its new sustainability framework. The company’s PRISM sustainability framework includes a range of targets such as...

BOBST to Attend Global Pouch Forum 2023

BOBST, one of the world’s leading suppliers in substrate processing, printing and converting equipment and services for the label, flexible packaging, folding carton and corrugated board industries, has announced plans to attend Global Pouch Forum...

Flexible Plastic Films – the Last Great Recycling Challenge?

Flexible plastic packaging has many benefits: it’s durable, strong, hygienic, lightweight and, well, flexible both literally and in design terms. This makes it an ideal material to contain, transport, display and store all types of...

AMERIPEN EPR Series Continues With Looks at Producer Responsibility Organizations

As more states move toward extended producer responsibility (EPR) laws and regulations for packaging, government officials should include industry representatives who will run the programs so fair fees can be assessed and to encourage flexibility...

Billerud Launches Wrapping Solution for Toilet and Kitchen Rolls - Renewable, Recyclable, and Biodegradable

Billerud presents a machine glazed kraft paper especially adapted and validated for wrapping toilet and kitchen paper rolls. Hitting the sustainability sweet spot – renewable, recyclable and biodegradable, but also enduring tough handling as good...

Colorado Appoints Producer Responsibility Organization to Lead EPR Program

In 2022, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed House Bill 22-1355 into law to establish an extended producer responsibility (EPR) program in the state, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has appointed...

Research Backs Benefits of Single-Use Medical Packaging

An analysis of peer-reviewed studies finds that single-use, sterile, prepackaged surgical instruments support patient health, profitability, and sustainability goals. Surgical retractors play a crucial role in spinal surgeries. However, traditional reusable instruments present various challenges,...

DS Smith Officially Unveils New Kemsley CHP Plant with E.ON

DS Smith has linked up with energy provider E.ON to launch a combined heat and power (CHP) plant at DS Smith’s paper mill in Kent. Work on the CHP plant began in 2019 with E.ON...

German Recycler Plans 40,000 t/y Plant/Investment Decision Before End of Year?

The construction of new plants announced two years ago is starting to take shape, according to Swedish engineering services provider Afry, which said Germany’s APK intends to build a domestic chemical recycling facility with an...

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