Dubai Chamber establishes business groups to improve sustainability

UAE – The Dubai Chamber of Commerce has launched the Bottled Water Business Group and the Circular Packaging Association as part of its efforts to strengthen the private sector’s role in economic growth. The Bottled Water Business Group will focus on promoting and developing the sector’s practices in line with international sustainability standards. By working with partners in the business…

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FSA publishes insights into coronavirus on packaging and foods

UK – The Food Standards Agency (FSA), a non-ministerial department of the UK Government, has published research on the survival of coronavirus (Covid-19) on food packaging and foods. The research, conducted by the University of Southampton, was commissioned by the FSA following the publication of its risk assessment in 2020 which concluded it was very unlikely that humans could catch…

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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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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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BASF and TotalEnergies’ joint venture earns International Sustainability and Carbon Certification

US – BASF TotalEnergies Petrochemicals facility, a 60/40 joint venture between BASF and TotalEnergies based in Port Arthur, Texas – has obtained the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC PLUS). The two companies say that this recognition highlights their efforts to develop advanced recycling processes to recover waste and residues that can be turned into feedstock for circular plastics, chemical…

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Chemistry Industry Association of Canada launches ‘save plastic’ campaign

CANADA – The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) has launched a three-year ‘Save Plastic’ campaign, aimed at promoting plastic as a valuable resource that—when managed responsibly—is essential for a modern, sustainable way of life. The campaign comes amid imminent challenges from the Canadian government’s move to ban certain plastic products and label plastic as “toxic.” In an interview with…

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Philippines congress approves bill taxing single-use plastics to boost national waste infrastructure

PHILIPPINES – The Philippines’ lower house of Congress has approved taxing single-use plastics, following President Ferdinand Marcos Jr’s commitment to tackle ocean pollution. The Senate must approve the tax measure before a reconciled bill is sent to Marcos for signature. The tax is expected to raise 9.3 billion pesos (US$481 million) in revenues annually, which will be used to fund…

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Egyptian government launches initiative to treat and recycle 50% of African waste by 2050

EGYPT – The Egyptian government is launching a global waste initiative dubbed “50 by 2050” that aims to ensure at least half of all African waste is treated and recycled before 2050. Announced at the COP27 climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, proponents say the ambitious targets could reduce the “waste colonialism” plaguing African countries. The launch comes at a time…

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EU packaging legislation a threat to the industry, says European associations

EUROPE – A group of over 50 European packaging associations across the value chain has released a statement expressing “serious concern” over the European Commission’s revision plans for the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD), which is expected at the end of this month. The groups accuse the EC of dismissing the role of recycling in achieving a circular economy…

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