CheckSammy secures US$15M equity investment to scale operations

US – British Columbia-based material and recycling hauler, CheckSammy has secured a US$15 million strategic investment to bolster its tech stack and better divert materials for customers of all sizes. The equity investment has been provided by Zero Infinity Partners and a term debt facility provided by a pair of Toronto-based companies in FirePower Capital and PaceZero Capital Partners. CheckSammy…

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Honeywell partners Environ to advance plastics circularity in Egypt

EGYPT – American multinational conglomerate corporation, Honeywell has signed an MOU with Egypt’s Environ Adapt for Recycling Industries to advance plastics recycling in the country. The two organizations will explore the development of the first chemical recycling facility in Egypt that would be equipped with Honeywell’s advanced technology, capable of converting waste plastic into valuable recycled polymer feedstock (RFP). The…

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EC’s PPWD reuse targets could destroy fossil-free sector, warns European Bioplastics

EUROPE – European Bioplastics (EUBP) has warned against the European Commission’s planned revisions of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD), saying the “ignorance” of the stipulations has “sent a shockwave” through the industry. The association warns the EC’s focus on reusable packaging targets could effectively shut down the bioplastics sector altogether in Europe. Leaked last month, the PPWD revisions…

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Mars NZ introduces paper-based wrappers for its chocolate bars

AUSTRALASIA – Confectionery giant Mars has announced plans to switch to new recyclable packaging for its chocolate bars in Australia and New Zealand. Mars, Snickers and Milky Way chocolate bars will have biodegradable brown paper packaging, designed to be more environmentally friendly, in Australia in April and in New Zealand the following month. Mars said the wrappers on its chocolates…

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UPM Raflatac partners Orthex to recycle ocean-bound plastic

FINLANDGlobal supplier of labeling materials for branding and promotion, UPM Raflatac has collaborated with Orthex to offer household products and their labeling made of recycled plastic saved from ending up as marine litter. The initiative will produce products like buckets, wash bowls and water scoops using raw materials from value chains that collect plastic waste and transform them.…

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PepsiCo rolls out 100% recycled plastic bottles for Diet Pepsi in Kuwait

KUWAIT – American multinational food, snack, and beverage corporation, PepsiCo has launched 100% recycled plastic bottles for its Diet Pepsi product in Kuwait. The launch is part of PepsiCo’s efforts to increase alternatives for sustainable packaging in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Pepsi is the first beverage brand in Kuwait to introduce locally manufactured, 100% recycled plastic bottles through its…

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Australian supermarkets approved to form recycling taskforce

AUSTRALIA – The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has approved a task force to address soft plastic recycling in Australia. The approval comes after 3 leading retailers (Coles, Woolworths and Aldi) lodged an urgent application for interim authorization to form the Soft Plastics Taskforce. It came after REDcycle, the country’s leading soft plastic recycling scheme, suspended its soft plastics

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Avery Dennison adopts Tosca’s plastic pallets to cut supply chain emissions

EUROPE – US-based material science and manufacturing company Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials is set to use Tosca’s plastic pallets to distribute its materials, aiming to reduce CO2 emissions across its European supply chain. Avery Dennison LPM claims that the switch will save over 800 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions from its European supply chain annually. The firm explains…

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