Dow and Mura plan pipeline of plastic recycling facilities for Europe and US

Advanced plastic recycling firm Mura and leading chemicals giant Dow have announced they plan to work together to construct multiple large-scale recycling facilities in the US and Europe. Under the terms of the partnership, which was unveiled late last week, Dow will purchase the “circular feed” that Mura produces at the sites, with a view … Read more

No More Miniatures: Unilever helps Holiday Inn-owner cut single-use plastic

A global collaboration between IHG Hotels & Resorts and consumer goods giant Unilever aims to replace bathroom miniatures with ‘bulk amenities’ in over 4,000 hotels in a bid to crackdown on the use of single-use plastics. Under the deal, Unilever’s largest brand, Dove is to supply full-size hand wash, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, and body … Read more

All for show? Why we need better leadership on recycling

Its time for businesses and government to be honest with consumers about the environmental impact of packaging, writes Viridor’s Tim Rotheray While the UK government’s food strategy for England, published this week, has come in for a lot of criticism, it put a vital spotlight on food waste. In the midst of a cost-of-living crisis, … Read more

Beanz Meanz Recycling: Heinz and Tesco unite in soft plastic recycling trial

Fully recyclable Heinz Beanz Snap Pots will soon hit shelves as part of a pioneering trial by the food giant and supermarket Tesco designed to make it easier to process previously hard to recycling plastics. Heinz is to use soft plastics returned to Tesco stores by its customers to create recyclable Heinz Beanz Snap Pots … Read more

Plastic tsunami: How plastic waste is on track to almost triple by 2060

Governments must work together to avoid tidal wave of plastic waste, think tank warns Plastic waste is on track to triple by 2060, according to the latest report from the OECD think tank, which warns that recycling capacity and circular economy policies are failing to keep pace with still surging global demand for plastics. Research … Read more

Waitrose scraps coloured milk caps in supermarket first

Supermarket Waitrose has announced it is to replace the coloured plastic caps on its milk bottles with clear alternatives in a move that should increase the availability of recycled plastic (rHDPE) on the market by 1,560 tons. The change will make recycling the plastic much easier, the firm added, potentially resulting in lower costs and … Read more

‘Ditch these harmful items now’: Partial single-use plastics ban comes into force in Scotland

Scotland has become the first UK nation to ban “problematic” plastics, after new rules which make it an offense for businesses to offer single-use plastic cutlery, plates and stirrers came into force today. The ban – which comes into force following a six-month grace period after the passing of legislation by the Scottish Parliament during … Read more

Report: EU plastics sector facing €678bn stranded asset risk due to ‘unsustainable’ business model

The European plastics industry is “on the precipice” of stranded asset risk due to an unsustainable business model that is putting €678bn investor capital under threat, unless it rapidly shifts gear towards a more circular plastics system based on reuse, recycling and waste reduction . That is the conclusion of fresh research released today by … Read more

‘Game changer’: LanzaTech transforms captured carbon into plastic

Carbon capture and recycling specialist LanzaTech claims to have found a way to produce plastic using carbon dioxide captured at steel mills or gasified waste biomass plants. The company announced yesterday that it had discovered a new way to make monoethylene glycol (MEG), which is a key building block for polyethylene terephthalate, everyday or PET … Read more

A solution to plastic pollution? A plastic that doesn't pollute

A global treat to tackle plastic pollution is welcome but risks driving policy towards recycling at the expense of more effective solutions, argues Xampla CEO Simon Hombersley A global process is now well underway to create the first ever treaty on plastic pollution. It could and should be one of the most significant steps ever … Read more