The Philippines’ new law requires businesses to recover 20% of plastic packaging waste

PHILIPPINES – The Philippines has added a law to its Extended Producers Responsibility (EPR) Act of 2022 by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), which requires businesses to recover their plastic packaging waste. Under the law, companies have the “responsibility for the proper and effective recovery, treatment, recycling or disposal of their products after they have been sold…

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Berry Global equips Coca-Cola with tethered caps to align with EU directives

EUROPE – Berry Global has been contracted by Coca-Cola to supply it with a lightweight, tethered closure for its carbonated soft drinks in PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles. Bolstered by the EU Single-Use Plastics Directive, Berry’s new tethered closure for Coca-Cola is designed to remain intact with the bottle – making it less likely to be littered and more likely to…

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RecyClass revises design for recycling guidelines & testing protocols

EUROPE – RecyClass has updated its Design for Recycling Guidelines and Recyclability Evaluation Protocols in line with recent developments in packaging features and recycling technologies. After conducting a reported fifteen test campaigns and issuing fifty Recyclability Approvals in 2022, new evaluations were carried out regarding the recycling compatibility of components appearing recurrently in rigid and flexible packaging. The behavior of…

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Covestro names Samir Hifri as new chairman and president of its U.S. operations

US – German producer of polyurethane and polycarbonate-based raw materials, Covestro has appointed Samir Hifri as the new chairman and president of Covestro LLC, its U.S. operations, effective July 1. Hifri will lead the US operations of the global company, headquartered in Leverkusen, Germany, succeeding Haakan Jonsson, who will retire after 30-plus years of service with Covestro. “I’m both humbled…

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MPMA, Alupro collectively criticize “unacceptable” plans for DRS

UK – The Metal Packaging Manufacturers’ Association (MPMA) and Alupro have united to criticize the government’s planned rollout of a deposit return scheme (DRS). The industry bodies said that the exclusion of glass is “unacceptable” and “flies in the face of the Conservative Party’s 2019 manifesto which pledged a DRS to include glass and plastic drinks containers”. Both organizations said…

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UNDP India partners with HUL to drive plastic circularity in India

INDIA – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has partnered with Hindustan Unilever (HUL), on a plastic circularity initiative dubbed Inclusive Circular Economy. The initiative focuses on the end-to-end management of plastic waste by promoting the segregation of waste at source, collection of the segregated waste, and setting up Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) for recycling all kinds of plastic waste…

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Digimarc expands its digital watermarking technology trial to France

FRANCE – US-based digital watermarking solution provider, Digimarc, has expanded the Digital Watermarks Initiative HolyGrail 2.0 to France. HolyGrail 2.0 is a cross-value chain initiative that aims to evaluate whether digital technology can increase sorting and higher-quality recycling rates for packaging in the European Union (EU). The scheme is led by the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW) and facilitated…

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