Plastics carrier bag consumption in the UK increased by more than two per cent in 2014, reports the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), which revealed that 8.5 billion thin-gauge (single-use) bags were used last year by customers of UK supermarkets.
French environmental solutions provider Veolia is trialing a recycling scheme in London, UK, where all plastics bags brought to the Reuse and Recycling Centre (RRC) in the Southwark borough will now be recycled back into new bags to distribute to residents.
Australian packaging supplier Orora Limited is planning to build a A$20 million (US$15.3m) production line to make multi-walled dairy bags that supplement an agreement with New Zealand-based dairy co-operative Fonterra. The dairy bags will be used in Fonterra’s milk powder operations.
The European Union has adopted a legislative proposal that amends the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD) to address the use of conventional single-use plastics carrier bags and explicitly sanctions the actions of member states that have moved towards compostable bags.
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