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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.

Nominal cost to change, claims printing company

A UK-based printer of packaging films has claimed that the introduction of new front-of-pack labelling makes "virtually no difference" to flexible packaging costs and manufacturers should embrace this "consumer-positive change".

Legislation damaging Philippines plastics industry

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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