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UK-based recycler, ECO Plastics, Jonathan Short, has applauded the Environment Agency's (EA) decision to revise the "outdated PERN regime" (Packaging Export Recovery Note) but adds that more work needs to be done.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