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A storm in a reusable cup

The apparent leaking of a revision to EU packaging legislation caused quite a stir last month, with beverage associations voicing their concern at proposed mandatory targets for the reuse of containers. The European Fruit Juice Association, the Brewers of Europe, Natural Mineral Waters Europe, and UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe all expressed dismay that the reuse target might be 75 per cent by 2040, claiming the...

Increasing returns

The drive to involve producers in the collection of plastics packaging waste continues to gather momentum, with countries across the world adopting schemes aimed at boosting circularity. Last month, Singapore’s National Environment Agency announced that the first stage of its Extended Producer Responsibility programme would commence in mid-2024. The country is hoping that the refundable deposit scheme will improve its poor recycling rate for beverage...

Recycling scales up

Fittingly, for the first edition of Eco-plastics in Packaging, last month’s news was dominated by sustainability stories – with a significant number involving recycling...

Projects power on

Far from winding down for the summer, plastics packaging-related businesses have been busy unveiling details of projects and investments across the value chain. Leading the...

Circular lift-off

While the plastics packaging industry continues to make significant strides towards circularity, the ongoing negative perception concerning its impact on the environment is never...

Carbon cutting

Global market volatility and price inflation might be creating an uncertain economic environment for plastics packaging, but it doesn’t seem to be hindering sustainability-focused...

A minefield to navigate

​​The regulatory landscape can be difficult to navigate at the best of times – particularly within the EU, where a raft of legislation looms...

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