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Francois de Bie, chairman of European Bioplastics, expects bioplastics bags to become a symbol of a circular economy

European Bioplastics supports ban on bags

European Bioplastics has published a position paper supporting the introduction of a levy or tax on oil-based plastics shopping bags, or even a ban on bags completely under certain conditions.

David Brimelow (left), managing director of Duo UK, explains to Chuka Umunna MP, what it's like to be a UK manufacturer in the current environment

Britain’s banking crisis highlighted during visit

British business is competing with one hand tied behind its back, according to the UK's shadow business secretary, Chuka Umunna MP, who visited Manchester-based packaging converter, Duo UK, this week as a part of a fact-finding mission.

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.

Eastman wins Tritan lawsuit and adds tonnage

Eastman Chemical is planning to increase Tritan capacity at its Kingsport, Tennessee facility, from 60,000 to 76,000 tonnes to meet increasing demand for the material.

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.

Sabic declares ahead of deadline

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic) has updated all of its food contact declarations in line with changes to European Union regulations, three years ahead of the required 2016 deadline.

BPF launches proposal for green economy

The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has launched a proposal that aims ‘To encourage and incentivise the use of recycled plastics in UK manufacturing’.

Eco Plastics' Jonathan Short says that the Code of Practice is doomed to failure if firms can simply opt out

UK recycler calls for mandatory targets

Plastics recycler, Eco Plastics, has called on the UK Government to introduce mandatory targets after it completed its consultation on the launch of a Code of Practice for Materials Recycling Facilities (MRFs).

Italian law could be illegal, claims OPA

The Oxo-biodegradable Plastics Association (OPA) has warned compostable plastics companies to temper their excitement over Italy's recent proposal of a ban on plastics carrier bags, warning them that the legislation would be the wrong decision for Italy, and the EU.

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.

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