Dutch papermaker Crown Van Gelder declared bankrupt after running out of cash

NETHERLANDS – Crown Van Gelder B.V. has been declared bankrupt by the District Court of Noord-Holland with its financial difficulties partially attributed to the high costs of energy and raw materials. The company is a producer of paper for such applications as ice cream packaging, luxury shoppers, and High Speed Inkjet printers. It possesses two paper machines at its mill…

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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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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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Ardagh Glass Packaging receives ENERGY STAR plant certification for Madera facility

US – Ardagh Glass Packaging – North America (AGP – NA) has been awarded an ENERGY STAR plant certification for its glassmaking facility in Madera. Calif., from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The certification has been awarded by the US Environmental Protection Agency for superior energy performance. Energy Star certified buildings and plants are verified to perform in the…

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Brits happy to recycle glass bottles through exiting household collections, poll reveals

UK – New polling undertaken by Savanta and published by British Glass shows that the British public wants to continue to recycle through their existing household glass collections. According to the report, most of the adults polled prefer recycling their glass bottles through existing household collections, rather than through a deposit return scheme (DRS). The UK Government is due to…

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Australian steelmakers urge the government to ban export of unprocessed ferrous scrap

AUSTRALIA – The Australian Steel Institute (ASI) has urged the nation’s government to ban unprocessed ferrous scrap export, saying processing the scrap locally will help steelmakers reach decarbonization goals. In a presentation to the Federal Standing Committee on Climate Change, Energy, Environment and Water last month (November 2022), ASI sustainability national manager Michael Dawson said the domestic steel industry has…

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Greiner Packaging secures Sustainably Sourced Plastics certification

UK – Greiner Packaging UK & Ireland has become the is the first packaging manufacturer in Northern Ireland to gain the Sustainably Sourced Plastics (SSP) Certification, and the first Greiner Packaging factory in the world to be awarded Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody certification. Developed in conjunction with the BSI Flex 6228 Standard, SSP Certification provides an overall…

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