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Asiaphile is a monthly review of news and issues affecting the plastics packaging industry in Asia and covers raw materials, machinery manufacturers, converters, and brand owners

On the road to somewhere

China’s plastics roadmap has plenty of one-way streets, blockades and bumps in the terrain, but the highway could offer a plentiful supply of opportunities...

New regs for Japan

Japan is in the process of introducing major revisions to the plastics component of its Containers and Packaging Recycling Act, in order to promote...

Court in the act

Asian politicians are quietly applauding a British court that brought a successful conviction against UK waste management company Biffa Waste Services. This was for...

Singapore’s waste master plan

Unique among the Southeast Asian nations, where environmental degradation and ‘ocean waste’ have been the headline-grabbers, Singapore has taken a further step towards a...

Many rivers to cross

There was a time when environmental science was empirical: research produced data that, when analysed, delivered a fixed result. When peer-reviewed and reported in...

Perturbing perceptions

The release of a multi-country survey commissioned by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), aimed at identifying how consumers and food and beverage businesses...

Five more years of market disruption

Since 1948, China’s five-year plans have – for better or worse – charted the direction of the country’s economic development. In previous years, they...

Crime time

As early as 2016, with well-publicised news of forthcoming Chinese solid waste import regulatory changes looming as a part of National Sword, scrap waste...

Joining the dots

As if 2020 wasn’t difficult enough, 2021 started with two complementary regulations, enacted a world apart on 1 January 2021, which will radically change...

Eye in the sky

The problem of ocean plastics waste has resurfaced again in Indonesia, mainly driven by the onset of the monsoon season, which brings torrential rain...

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