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UK recycler applauds PERN change

The deputy chairman of UK-based recycler, ECO Plastics, Jonathan Short, has applauded the Environment Agency's (EA) decision to revise the "outdated PERN regime" (Packaging Export Recovery Note) but adds that more work needs to be done.

APR supports Recycling Partnership

The Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR) in North America has announced its support for the Recycling Partnership, which is a public-private partnership initiative aimed at boosting recycling rates.

Garden of England targets green economy

Recycling company Viridor has started the construction of a £12.5 million ($20.9m) Plastics Recycling Facility (PRF) in Rochester, UK, with Stadler UK responsible for delivering the project.

UK Business Secretary, Vince Cable, with Chris Dow, chief executive of Closed Loop Recycling

Closed Loop opens bottle recycling line

UK-based recycler Closed Loop Recycling has opened a new plastics milk bottle recycling line at its Dagenham plant, as part of a £12 million ($20m) investment that the company says will make it the biggest recycler of milk bottles in the world.

Tesco plans switch to plastics to aid the environment

UK supermarket chain Tesco has outlined environmental advantages in a move from its traditional card-pulp egg cartons to recyclable plastics packaging that it plans to introduce in the coming months.

Canadian recycling up, but room for growth

Canadian plastics recyclers have under-utilised capacity, claims The Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA), after reporting that the amount of post-consumer plastics packaging being recycled across the country increased for the third consecutive year.

Projects seek to improve recycling transparency

The Waste & Resources Action Programme (Wrap) has agreed to work with Valpak on two projects that will review existing estimates of market flows and recycling levels for plastics and metal packaging in the UK. The objective is to improve the levels of transparency in the recycling market.

Eco Plastics' Jonathan Short said that the regulations are only as valuable as the inspection process used to enforce them

MRF Code of Practice receives cautious welcome

Recycling companies Eco Plastics and Closed Loop Recycling have issued a cautious welcome to the UK government's new regulations for Material Recycling Facilities (MRFs), warning that more still needs to be done in order to safeguard the domestic industry.

Carlsberg draughts Circular plan

PET preform supplier, Petainer, has signed up to its customer Carlsberg's upcycling programme, which is designed to eliminate packaging waste.

UK’s recycling performance understated, claims report

The quantity of plastics packaging placed on the UK market each year has been overstated by the government to the tune of 300,000 to 400,000 tonnes, claims a report commissioned by the British Plastics Federation's Recycling Group (BPFRG).

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