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…

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…

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…

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…

PepsiCo India commits to collecting and recycling plastic in Maharashtra state

INDIA - PepsiCo India has announced plans to extend producer responsibility of the government by collecting and recycling PET plastic waste generated in the Maharashtra state. The company said this in line with its commitment to the government's vision and focus on addressing the issue of plastic waste in a sustainable manner. PepsiCo has also…

Bacardi partners with Lonely Whale to eliminate single-use plastics straws by 2020

USA - Family-owned Bacardi Limited, the largest privately held spirits company in the world and Lonely Whale, the award-winning non-profit dedicated to bringing change to ocean health, have joined forces to eliminate single-use plastic straws by 2020. According to Bacardi, this is a commitment to review its global supply chain, with the aim of removing…

Starbucks plans to ditch single-use plastic straws by 2020

USA - The American coffee company, Starbucks Corp has said it will eliminate single-use plastic straws from its coffeehouses globally by 2020 and in return offer recyclable strawless lids and alternative-material straws, like paper or compostable plastic. The coffee chain which operates more than 28,000 coffeehouses is seeking to remove about 1 billion plastic straws…

Pick n Pay to eliminate single-use plastics with compostable carrier bags

SOUTH AFRICA - Pick n Pay, the second largest supermarket chain store in South Africa is piloting use of compostable bag at its V&A Waterfront store with plans to ditch single-use plastic carrier bags. The group is holding discussions to offer solutions to plastic bag alternatives at its stores, according to Business Report. It has…

Israeli’s Tipa company partners with Bio4Pack and Servo Artpack to create compostable packaging

ISRAEL – Tipa, a bio-based packaging company, has partnered with Bio4Pack and Servo Artpack to create compostable packaging for Dutch coffee brand Peeze. According to the company, the making of Peeze’s packaging is designed to be entirely compostable in industrial compost facilities and it can be treated as organic waste after use. Tipa, which won…