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'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.
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).
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.
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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