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What Can $200 Million Do for Recycling? Just Ask Waste Management

Waste Management of Houston, TX, revealed plans to invest $200 million in recycling infrastructure in 2022, bringing the company’s investment in new and upgraded recycling facilities to over $700 million since 2018. With the demand...

Sun Chemical Releases Latest Edition of Its Annual Sustainability Report

Sun Chemical released the latest edition of its Corporate Sustainability Report, which focuses on the organization’s commitment to a robust sustainability strategy comprised of three key pillars: operations, products and services, and collaborations. As part...

Iceland Launches Plastic Bag Collection for Home Delivery Customers

Home delivery drivers from the supermarket will carry purpose-made liners in their vans to store all old plastic bags given to them from customers. The drivers will then return the bags to The Food Warehouse...

Nova Names Alan Schrob as PCR Development Manager

Calgary-based material supplier Nova Chemicals Corp. has named Alan Schrob as its post-consumer resin (PCR) development manager. Schrob previously held the title of senior leader, market management for the company. “In his new role, Alan...

Film Fears Overshadow Plastics Pact Success

The government-backed resources charity WRAP announced that its UK Plastics Pact members have reduced ‘problematic’ single-use plastic items by 46%, and reduced the amount of packaging on supermarket shelves by 10% in the period 2018-2020....

Henkel Adhesives Gain RecyClass Approval for Recyclability

Two Henkel adhesives from the Loctite Liofol RE range for use in flexible packaging have been recognized by RecyClass as fully compatible with existing recycling processes for polyethylene (PE). The development of these adhesives ensures...

Nuclear Fusion Startup Test Fires Plastic Waste-powered Rocket

A UK company with lofty aspirations around sustainable space travel has test-fired a rocket engine powered in part by plastic waste. Pulsar Fusion's hybrid rocket engine is part of an ambitious journey that also involves...

Shell Building New Pyrolysis Oil Upgrader Unit in Singapore

Shell is building a new 50,000 tonne/year pyrolysis oil upgrader unit at its manufacturing site on Pulau Bukom in Singapore. The unit is slated to start production in 2023 and will be the largest in...

ProAmpac Receives ISCC Plus Certification at Its Grimsby, UK Location

ProAmpac, formerly Ultimate Packaging, a global leader in flexible packaging, announced their Grimsby, UK facility received the International Sustainability Carbon Certification Plus (ISCC Plus), a global sustainability certification system which supports the tracking of chemically...

Cosmo Films: Is Flexible Packaging Sustainable? Analyzing Its Environmental Impact, Advantages & Challenges

The flexible packaging industry has been witnessing tremendous year-on-year growth globally. It is helping organizations to bring down their environmental footprint by reducing their dependency on glass/metal-based rigid packaging in a sustainable way. Despite this,...

Mondi Frantschach Invests €20 Million in Sustainable Pulp Production

Mondi, a leading global packaging and paper company, is investing €20 million to further improve the sustainability of its pulp production at the Frantschach mill in Austria. The mill, which is celebrating its 140th anniversary...

Plastics Recycling Plant Will Be Fully Operational in Pennsylvania Early in 2022

The Alliance to End Plastic Waste says a Pennsylvania recycling plant, which will convert hard-to-recycle plastic waste into a concrete additive for building and construction applications, should be fully operational early next year. The alliance,...

Recycled Material Standard Launches Today, Helping to Advance the Use of Recycled Materials

After more than two years in development, GreenBlue and the Recycled Material Standard (RMS) team are proud to announce the official launch of the RMS and invite brands and suppliers in the plastics recycling value...

Morrisons Will Become the First Supermarket to Own a Recycling Plant

Morrisons will become the first supermarket to own its own recycling operations through the acquisition of a significant stake in a new recycling site in Fife. The site will reprocess ‘hard-to-recycle’ soft plastics. Uniquely within...

ALPLA Commissions Mexican Plant

Austria-based packaging producer ALPLA Group says it has opened its new plant for high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic recycling in Toluca, Mexico. That project was announced in September of last year. In Toluca, ALPLA invited guests...

Meijer Brings Recycled Plastic Bags Full Circle to Michigan Store Parking Lot in Pilot Program Using Dow Technology

In collaboration with Meijer, Dow enabled a new paving technique using recycled plastic bags to create a more durable parking lot for the retailer's Holland, Mich. supercenter. This recycled polymer modified asphalt (RPMA) parking lot...

ProAmpac’s Recycle Ready Retort Pouch Validated by Two Advanced Recycling Firms

ProAmpac, a leader in flexible packaging and material science, announced that two independent advanced recycling firms confirmed their ProActive Recycle Ready Retort RT-3000 pouches met the criteria for chemical recycling. By processing materials that cannot...

Spreading Recycling: Mondelez Looks to Bring Cadbury’s Recycled Packaging Tech to More APAC Markets Beyond Australia

Mondelez believes that the recycled packaging technology recently rolled out for Cadbury Dairy Milk in Australia will be able to deliver sustainable packaging options for more markets in the Asia Pacific region in the coming...

Seminars Touch on Circularity Worldwide

As companies and elected officials in the United States continue to debate plastic waste and a circular economy, they often look toward other nations that are farther ahead in their planning and designs. That focus...

Reducing Waste and Enabling Recycling – Ecolean Works Towards Circularity

Ecolean is working to optimise the entire lifecycle of the raw materials it uses in its packages – from production to end-of-life package recycling – towards the circular use of resources. “We take a life-cycle...

Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Receives Environmental Award for barricote® Barrier Papers

On 2 November, the Flensburg mill of Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe GmbH received the "Environmental Award of the Economy 2021" by the Society for Study and Development of the Economy in Schleswig-Holstein for the production...

Retailers, Brands Ride the Wave of Ocean-Bound Plastic

Ocean-bound plastic is gaining small but significant traction within the packaging sector, particularly from those in the rPET market. The COVID-19 pandemic has been one of the biggest global disrupters of a generation. In addition...

NOVA Chemicals and CNG Scale Up Use of Post-Consumer Resin

NOVA Chemicals Corporation and Charter Next Generation announced a significant milestone in the large-scale use of post-consumer resin (PCR) for flexible film applications. The two companies have successfully collaborated to increase the supply of more...

Looking Back/Moving Forward: Biden Administration Provides More Clarity with Priorities

Last year at this time, we wrote about the anticipation of the election outcomes and the impact of the unknowns on advocacy strategies and planning for the coming legislative sessions. The year 2021 finds us...

Simple Steps Present Flexible Packaging as a Clear Solution

Implementing sustainable packaging is a journey, but it doesn’t have to be a difficult one. Flexible packaging has a great opportunity to expand its footprint by simplifying the packaging transformation into attainable steps and by...

Expect Busy 2022 State Legislative Docket

If 2021 was a landmark year in terms of new packaging policy at the state level, 2022 likely will prove to be another precedent-setting year with the addition of several new state laws. Active conversations...

Interactive Global Database of Chemical Recycling Projects Launched

ICIS, a provider of commodity intelligence for the energy, chemical and fertilizer industry, announced today that it has launched the Recycling Supply Tracker - Chemical to provide FMCGs, chemical producers, large converters and retailers with...

Taking a Critical Look at the French Plastic Packaging Ban

Earlier this month, the French Government announced plans to ban fruit and vegetables from being sold in plastic packaging from 2022. Writing exclusively for Packaging Europe, Robert Lilienfeld, founder and executive director of sustainable packaging...

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