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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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