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Associations add weight to bag argument

The chief executive of the Packaging and Films Association (PAFA) has added its weight to the argument over the planned carrier bag tax in England, saying that industry is "disappointed that disputed figures on litter and miscalculations of carbon impacts had a clear influence on government and public perceptions of the effects of bag taxes".

UK bag plans a mess, says committee

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has labelled the UK government's plans for a 5p ($0.08) charge on plastics 'single-use' carrier bags in England "unnecessarily complicated" and a "complete mess".

Support for Philippines typhoon victims from BASF

Plastics chemical supplier BASF has announced a €300,000 (US$404,491) contribution to relief efforts in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.

With funding from BASF, BASF Stiftung, a charitable foundation based in Germany, will support the disaster relief activities of two international agencies, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), and UNICEF.

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.

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.

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.

MP visit marks first anniversary for UK recycler

British waste and recycling minister, Lord de Mauley, has taken a tour of the recycled-PET joint venture between Coca-Cola Enterprises (CC) and Eco Plastics in Lincolnshire, UK, to mark the first year of the companies' cooperation.

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’.

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