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Read all about the recycle industry news from The British Plastics Federation (BPF) bulletin.

Resource London Introduces a Local Authority ‘Cost of Contamination Toolkit’

Resource London is a partnership between WRAP and the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB). They have worked closely with local authorities across London to understand the financial and performance effects of contamination and found no consistent approach.

The findings resulted in the commission of Anthesis (a sustainability consultancy) with the London Environment Directors’ Network (LEDNET), to develop the toolkit.

The toolkit allows local authorities to enter information on their recycling services and actions presently being taken to reduce contamination. With this information, it will then calculate the cost per tonne and per household of contamination. Visit Resource London’s new toolkit for the full article.

The EU Commission’s Policy Priorities for 2017

The European Commission’s has summarised its 21 key initiatives for 2017.

Execution of the action plan on the Circular Economy is the 2nd key initiative under the political priority ‘A New Boost for Jobs, Growth and Investment’.

When the Circular Economy is agreed and approved, it could be crucial for the UK. If it passes into EU law before the UK has left the EU it is likely the UK will need to adopt the measures. The UK ministers have already said they are reluctant to back a 65% recycling target.

Visit The European Commission’s Key Initiatives and you can read the full article here.

The Biodegradable global market is anticipated to reach over US $17 billion

In 2014, the global market for biodegradable plastic was valued at US$7.6 billion. A recent study by TMR has shown it’s predicted to reach US$17.7 billion by the end of 2023. In 2014 packaging made up 59.1% of the market share.

North America received the greatest demand for biodegradable material by volume and is likely to continue due to government regulation.

With the constant consumer pressure and regulations on banning petroleum-based plastics are driving a global demand for biodegradable plastics.

View the full article at CIWM Journal.

Paris chooses to ban Non-bio plastics bags in supermarkets

The French capital has banned the traditional “fossil based” bags. and will only allow biosourced bags as well as paper and cotton bags for primary packaging. The public will have access to awareness workshops that will help to educate the public on different types of existing degradable and biodegradable bags. The Paris Mayor’s office said the decision was to reinforce the provision of the “energy transition law”.

Read the full article at Plastic News.

ESA challenge DEFRA’s wanting to implement EPR through guidance rather than regulatory approach

The challenge came after an EU Council of Minister discussion on the European Commission’s circular economy (CE) package on 19 December. At the meeting, Thérèse Coffey said “We believe the directorate should recognise that there are multiple valid approaches to achieving EPR. Market-based schemes like the ones in the UK should be allowed to continue – and with a real emphasis on outcomes. The provisions, we believe should be for guidance only”. The ESA responded to this comment saying “The introduction of genuine EPR is one of the key elements that can drive improvements in UK and EU resource management. Achieving this step change is likely to require regulatory change rather than guidance alone”.

Thérèse Coffey also reiterated the UK concerns about targets in the CE package include the 65% recycling of municipal waste and 75% of packaging waste by 2030.

Local Authorities have an “unfair share” of responsibility for increasing recycling

The Green Alliance has said that Councils have an imbalanced share of responsibility for reducing waste and increasing recycling. This is despite having no control over how products are designed or packaged or how residents use recycling services.

They have recommended the following:
• Councils should standardise recycling collections
• Councils who standardise collections should have some costs covered by companies creating the packaging
• Companies using recycled material, designing their packaging for recyclability and informing their customers on recycling should pay lower producer responsibility fees
• Council should be fairer to people who recycle properly and charge household if they don’t recycle

Read the full article at CIWM Journal.

EU Commission Circular Economy update

Karmenu Vella has said that during 2017 the commission will address waste to energy, make proposals on water reuse and unveil their plastics strategy. He also emphasised that any action on the circular Economy needs to be “consistent with our jobs and growth agenda”.
The commission’s Green Week will focus on “Green Jobs for a Greener Future” which will look at job creation through the Circular Economy.
View the full article at EU Comission news.

Options to ‘reshape’ waste and resources policy

Dr Coffey has responded when being questioned by Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross MP Paul Monagham on steps to ‘remove the barriers to a more resource-efficient economy’ that options are being considered to reshape waste and resource policy. In the respond Dr Coffey wrote: “As part of our planning for the UK’s exit from the EU, we are considering the options for reshaping our waste and resources policy and regulatory framework to encourage the more sustainability use of resources’.
DEFRA is currently preparing it’s 25 year Environment plan which was originally due out in Summer 2016 but was pushed back due to the referendum result. Stakeholders will be consulted on the 25 year environment plan early this year.
View the full article at Lets Recycle.

Recycle now

Recycle now have been running some ‘How to Recycle’ animations on social media over the last few months. They will now be focussing on items which are not recyclable and should go in the general waste.
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BPF news

Member survey on plastic pellets, flakes and powders
The deadline to complete the member’s survey on plastic pellets, flakes and powders has been extended to this Friday (20th).
This survey consist of 15 short questions which are designed to give the BPF an overview of the work taking place within the industry to help ensure plastic pellets/flakes/powders are contained within sites.
This survey will provide the BPF with valuable information to help in responding to consultations on microplastics and also to further develop Operation Clean Sweep®.
To complete the survey please click here.

BPF Business Condition Survey

The deadline to complete the latest BPF Business Condition Survey is Friday 27 January.
This survey provides valuable information to help in our lobbying activity and to raise the profile of the plastics industry in the national press.

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