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California set for Encore performance

A US manufacturer of reusable shopping and restaurant bags has opened a 200,000sqft agricultural plastics recycling facility - Encore Recycling - in Salinas, California, which will start operations in October.

The Scottish Government Impact Assessment ignores solid science, according to PAFA. Photo credit: Carrier bag notice, Omagh, by Kenneth Allen

Bag charge assessment flawed, says PAFA

The Scottish government's recently released 'Partial Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment' on carrier bag charges is flawed, claims the Packaging and Films Association (PAFA), because it fails to take into account the significant impact reductions achieved through voluntary means as well as the major likely effects on jobs at the 22 Scottish firms that supply carrier bags.

Little change in UK bag use

The number of plastics carrier bags used by supermarket customers in the UK rose by 1.3 per cent last year, although the weight of bags issued fell by nearly 3 per cent.

Mondi cements place in Iraq industry

An industrial bag plant has been opened in Sulaimaniyah, northern Iraq, by Mondi Group in order to serve the growing cement industry that is rebuilding the country.

Bag-2-Bag programme bags award

US plastics bag recycler, Hilex Poly Company, has received the 2013 Society of Plastics Engineers Environmental Division's Award for Plastics Recycling Technologies and Applications, which recognises overall commitment to sustainability.

Pakistan pushes through bag legislation

Use of polyethylene bags will be banned in Pakistan's federal capital from April 2013, unless they are oxo-biodegradable, after the country's Environmental Protection Agency announced new legislation prohibiting the import, manufacturing, stockpiling, trade, supply, distribution, sale and use of disposable plastics products made wholly or substantially of polyethylene, polypropylene or polystyrene.

Legislation damaging Philippines plastics industry

The president of the Philippine Plastics Industries Association, Peter Quintana has warned that his country's US$10 billion plastics industry will continue to shrink if local governments pursue regulations that ban the use of plastics products.

Trade bodies declare war on carrier bag charges

Four trade bodies have joined forces to lobby the Scottish and UK parliaments against the introduction of mandatory charges on carrier bags.

AEP steps up performance with Transco purchase

Plastics packaging film maker AEP Industries, along with its Canadian subsidiary, AEP Canada, has agreed to buy the films business of Transco Plastics Industries for about $5.3 million.

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The UK carrier bag industry has hit back at a new campaign called 'Break the Bag Habit', which it says is a "cynical attempt to fill a hole in funding".

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