policy & regulation

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18 May 2022
--- European Plastics Converters (EuPC) is gearing up to launch its annual meeting tomorrow with the theme “A Circular Future with Plastics.” It occurs less than a year before the 30th anniversary of the... Read More
17 May 2022
--- Greek flexible packaging specialist Flexopack is showcasing what it says is the only fully recyclable food packaging exhibit at IFFA in Frankfurt, Germany. The company’s group commercial director Dimitris Mantzoros... Read More
17 May 2022
--- European packaging industry associations have submitted a joint letter to EU leaders warning that fragmentation of the Single Market is undermining progress toward the EU Green Deal. The 59 associations called on the EU to... Read More
12 May 2022
--- New York’s new Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) bill is expected to face fierce industry resistance, experts say. The bill, introduced on May 5, would make packaging producers completely responsible for packaging... Read More
11 May 2022
--- The Chinese government is imposing tighter packaging restrictions ahead of the country’s annual festivals. The new legislation will see a set of complex guidelines imposed last year for most F&B packaging extended... Read More
11 May 2022
--- The US State of New York is introducing two new bills to combat over-packaging, poor recycling rates and litter issues, including an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program requiring companies such as McDonald’s... Read More
10 May 2022
--- One in five companies using plastic packaging in the UK have seen their costs increase by more than 75% due to the UK Plastic Packaging Tax, according to research commissioned by Lindum Packaging. Introduced on April 1, the... Read More
06 May 2022
--- A recent report by The Circulate Initiative shows that some of the major contributors to ocean plastic waste overflow are located in South and Southeast Asia, due to a lack of individual city data on waste management.
05 May 2022
--- McDonald’s and Burger King are facing class-action lawsuits in the US for using PFAS chemicals in their packaging. The fast-food chains are accused of fraud, misrepresentation and false advertising for claiming the... Read More
05 May 2022
--- The US economy lost at least US$7.2 billion from landfilled plastic waste last year, according to Department of Energy (DOE) estimates. Given the manufacturing, processing, transport, and marketing costs, this figure is... Read More
04 May 2022
--- Yesterday, calls were made by beverage industry associations for EU policymakers to prevent “free-riding” fashion and automotive businesses from disrupting the circular economy by using the recycled plastic... Read More
03 May 2022
--- Europe’s non-alcoholic beverage industry and leading NGOs Changing Markets Foundation and Zero Waste Europe are calling on EU decision-makers to create the “right” enabling policy framework to help... Read More
03 May 2022
--- In a “first of its kind” US state investigation, California’s attorney general Rob Bonta has launched a major inquiry into petroleum companies for “aggressively” spreading decades of... Read More
29 Apr 2022
--- A global cap on plastic production must be enforced to end pollution and human health damage, according to an international group of experts. In a letter to the research journal Science, the group says no other measures will... Read More
29 Apr 2022
--- The Rethinking Materials summit in London, UK, next week will offer a valuable opportunity for packaging and waste management players to reimagine and design public infrastructure. We sit down with Dr. Adam Read, external... Read More
28 Apr 2022
--- The EU will fall short of its plastic recycling targets unless “dramatic” changes are implemented, according to a new report by Natural Mineral Waters Europe (NMWE). The organization says failure to ensure the... Read More
25 Apr 2022
--- The EU is announcing today that it will ban the use of harmful chemical groups like PFAS, bisphenol and PVC by 2030. The political commitment, which has not yet been entered into legislation, is expected to drastically... Read More
21 Apr 2022
--- Elopak’s Pure-TwistFlip tethered cap solution is set to hit shelves ahead of the EU’s Single Use Plastics Directive. The legislation requires that caps and lids on beverage containers up to 3 L must remain firmly... Read More
19 Apr 2022
--- Huhtamaki is initiating a complete divestment from all its operations in Russia after almost two months of war in Ukraine. The Finnish packaging giant says it has reached this decision after determining “the long-term... Read More
19 Apr 2022
--- UFlex is setting up India’s first U-shaped paper straw manufacturing line for its aseptic liquid packaging business at its packaging plant in Sanand, Gujarat, India. The flexible packaging material solution and polymer... Read More
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