France to introduce penalty system for packaging made of non-recycled plastics

FRANCE - France plans to introduce a penalty system next year that would increase the costs of consumer goods with packaging made of non-recycled plastic. The project is part of a pledge to use only recycled plastic nationwide by 2025, an environment ministry official told Euractiv. Brune Poirson, secretary of state for ecological transition, said…

AfDB to increase fish production in Africa by 5m tonnes by 2025

NIGERIA - The multilateral development finance institution, African Development Bank (AfDB) Group has announced it is targeting to increase aquaculture production in Africa by five million tonnes by 2025. Through its Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) programme, the bank is looking to increase inland water fish to enable Africa become self-sufficient in fish production,…

Plastic recycler Extrupet to inject US$15m into economy to meet recycling goals

SOUTH AFRICA - Africa’s largest PET bottle recycler Extrupet has announced plans to inject US$14.99 million into South Africa’s economy to help meet recycling and job creation goals for the next five years. Plans by Extrupet, which recycles about 2.5m plastic bottles per day, would help the country achieve its post-consumer recycling targets set for…

Amcor Limited to acquire Bemis after a unanimous approval

AUSTRALIA - Amcor Limited, a global packaging company, and Bemis Company, Inc., a global manufacturer of flexible packaging products, have announced that their respective Boards of Directors have unanimously approved a definitive agreement under which Amcor will acquire Bemis in an all-stock combination. According to Amcor, the partnership will provide the footprint, scale and capabilities…

Recycling alliance partners with Lagos state on plastic waste clean-up and recycling

NIGERIA - The Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA) has signed a three-year memorandum of understanding with the Lagos State government to clean-up the state’s inland waterways of plastic and plastic and eventually initiate recycling of the same. A statement released by the group said that the initiative seeks to prevent plastic waste and other…

Packaging and paper group Mondi to shut down Durban facility

SOUTH AFRICA - The international packaging and paper group Mondi Plc is planning to stop operations at its Merebank, Durban processing facility blamed on declining margins and high input costs for hardwood pulp, Business Day has reported. The Durban facility, located in eastern South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province hosts one of its uncoated fine paper machines…

Industry pushback and violations derailing single-use plastic ban in India

INDIA- India has moved a stride further in promoting either a partial or complete ban on single-use plastics but the movement is derailed by lack of a proper enforcement strategy, violations of the law governing the ban and criticism from beverage firms, plastic industry organisations and other lobbyists. Some of the industry players have called…

Recycling Partnership and PepsiCo Foundation to boost US residential recycling

USA – The PepsiCo Foundation and national non-profit The Recycling Partnership, have announced the launch of "All In On Recycling" -- the largest ever industry-wide residential recycling challenge to make recycling easier for 25 million families across the U.S. According to PepsiCo, the industry challenge aims to help capture 1.9 million tons of quality recyclable materials over next…

Kraft Heinz commits to 100% reusable and compostable packaging by 2025

USA - The Kraft Heinz Company, has announced the expansion of its environmental stewardship strategy to include time-bound targets for achieving greater packaging sustainability and setting science-based goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. According to the company, as part of its commitment to reduce natural resource needs and manage overall environmental footprint, it supports the…

Plastic packaging company Færch Plast to acquire Dutch 4PET Group

EUROPE - Færch Plast, a European leader in innovative and optimized plastic packaging solutions, is closing the loop on plastic food trays with the acquisition of Dutch 4PET Group, a leading sheet manufacturer with unique recycling capabilities. According to Færch Plast, the acquisition will make the company one of the world’s first integrated plastic packaging suppliers…