difficult-to-recycle packaging News

  • 44% of packaging recycled in Spain

    Fedemco (Spanish federation of manufacturers of wooden crates and their components) has collaborated with Ecoembes (a government-mandated company which finances, coordinates and promotes recycling of waste) on an analysis of the status of waste from containers, packaging and wooden pallets in Spain in 2005 with regard to the goals included in the 2004/12/CE Directive. This specified a minimum ...


  • Packaging Waste

    Untitled Document By now, all EU Member States should have transposed into their national legislation an EU Directive setting ...


  • Sustainable packaging coalition report provides guidance on using recycled fiber in packaging

    Recognizing the growing interest in increasing recycled content in packaging as a sustainability strategy, GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition has released a report on the opportunities and challenges for using recycled fiber in packaging. Guidelines for Recycled Content in Paper and Paperboard Packaging outlines opportunities to use recycled content in 20 common retail packaging ...

  • Sustainable packaging coalition report facilitates the use of recycled content in packaging

    The Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) has released a report on the opportunities and challenges for using recycled content in plastic packaging applications. Guidelines for Increasing Post Consumer Recycled Content in Plastic Packaging addresses common issues and strategies for increasing recycled content in common beverage, dairy, electronic, household care and laundry, pharmaceutical, ...

  • 2012 packaging compliance

    We have previously reported on the difficulties facing the glass reprocessing sector and the possibility that 2012 targets would not be met. The final data for the 2012 compliance year was not expected until early April, but with the concerns surrounding the final outcome, the EA released provisional end of year data on 11 February. Quarter 3 data had left a vast gap in the amount of glass ...

  • New packaging strategy announced

    The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has launched its long awaited Packaging Strategy at the Futuresource Conference. Environment Secretary Hilary Benn was speaking at the event organised by the Charted Institution of Waste Management and the Environmental Services Association at the Excel Centre in London (09 June). ...

  • Packaging `designed for the dump`

    Global: The 'Make It, Take It' campaign, launched by the US Natural Resources Defense Council and other environmental groups, has shone a merciless spotlight on major drinks brand Capri Sun. The consortium declares that the pouches fusing aluminium with plastic are virtually 'impossible' to recycle. According to the campaign, a little under 1.5 billion Capri Sun pouches become waste ...


    By Recycling International

  • Packaging waste targets

    The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has set ambitious targets to recycle more than 70% of packaging waste by 2020 and to make the packaging recovery note system more transparent. The consultation is spilt into three main parts which include: New recovery and recycling targets for packaging waste for 2011-20 for obligated businesses; Strengthened ...

  • Packaging factory blaze

    A blaze has destroyed Skymark packaging factory in Leominster, which broke out in the early hours of 17 June forcing 170 people to evacuate their homes. It is not yet known what caused the fire, which 15 fire crews battled to put out. Police set up a 400m exclusion zone in the area, closing some local schools and protecting residents from possible explosions at the ...

  • ‘Significant’ progress in REFLEX flexible packaging recyclability project

    Significant progress has been made in trialling and developing new designs aimed at greatly improving the recyclability of flexible packaging, according to resource recovery specialist Axion Consulting, which is leading a collaborative R&D project involving high-profile global brands. Axion is working with a number of partners on the REFLEX project; Amcor Ltd, Dow Chemical Company Ltd, ...

  • Pioneering Project Aims to Recycle More Flexible Packaging

    TOMRA Sorting Ltd is part of the REFLEX project, which aims to create a circular economy for flexible packaging by involving the whole supply chain, from polymer production and packaging manufacture to waste management and recycling. Axion Consulting is leading an innovative collaborative project involving high-profile global brands aimed at significantly improving the ...


    By TOMRA Sorting (TITECH)

  • 5% increase for plastic recycling Packaging Regulations target

    Despite its unquestionable contribution to society, plastics packaging still gets a bad press and is under significant pressure for the environmental impact it causes as waste. The Packaging Regulations target for plastic recycling has been increased by 5% per year until 2017, requiring a near doubling of current recycling levels and an annual increase of 100,000 tonnes but there are concerns ...

  • UK on track to meet packaging recycling targets

    The UK looks largely on track to meet its packaging recycling and recovery targets by the end of 2009, according to industry experts. But achieving the steel target may be difficult. According to figures published last week by the Environment Agency via the National Packaging Waste Database for the second quarter of 2009, more than 1.59 million tonnes of packaging was recycled. This was up from ...

  • New Luton plant for laminate packaging recycling

    Waste firms or producers looking to recycle their laminate packaging waste such as drink cartons, toothpaste tubes and coffee sachets can now test this at a new engineering facility in Luton. Privately funded environmental technology solutions firm Enval has opened the new pilot plant in the town. The company, originally a spin-out from the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of ...

  • Recycled packaging helps online retailer become CarbonNeutral

    Redesigning packaging and ensuring all delivery boxes are made of 100% recyclable material are just two of the ways ASOS.com has become the first CarbonNeutral online fashion retailer. ASOS.com partnered with The CarbonNeutral Company, a provider of carbon reduction solutions, to achieve CarbonNetural status through a combination of internal initiatives and the purchase of carbon ...

  • GreenBlue releases guidelines for designing recyclable and compostable packaging

    Following two years of research into various end-of-life infrastructures and technologies, today GreenBlue® released a suite of reports that provide technical guidance on designing packaging to be compatible with common recovery methods. Design for Recovery Guidelines for Aluminum, Steel, Glass, and Paper Packaging detail common recovery challenges and barriers for these four major packaging ...

  • UK meets packaging recycling and recovery targets

    The UK has met its packaging recycling and recovery targets, new figures show. The Environment Agency has published the targets on the National Packaging Waste Database for quarter four of 2009. More than 1.86 million tonnes of packaging was recovered and recycled in Q4, meaning that the UK has met its targets. Packaging Recovery Note (PRN) trading platform Environment Exchange managing ...

  • Pioneering project aims to recycle more flexible packaging

    Axion Consulting is leading an innovative collaborative project involving high-profile global brands aimed at significantly improving the recyclability of flexible packaging and diverting more of it from landfill. The two-year REFLEX project, funded by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, aims to create a circular economy for flexible packaging – from confectionery wrappers to ...

  • New packaging recovery label system to debut on packages nationwide in 2012

    Sustainability nonprofit GreenBlue has released a new report, Labeling for Package Recovery, and announced details for a 2012 national pilot of the new Packaging Recovery Label System, a voluntary label developed by the organization’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) to communicate to consumers how to recycle a package after its use. The following leading companies have agreed to ...

  • Tesco launches packaging trial for customers

    Tesco today announces the start of a customer packaging audit with a two store trial offering customers the opportunity to remove and leave excess plastic and paper packaging in store after buying their shopping. Starting today [Wednesday 1 April] for six weeks at the Tesco Extra stores in Guildford in Surrey and Ilminster in Somerset, the in-store pilot is part of a wider research project, which ...


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