FTC Green Guides state that “[i]f any component significantly limits the ability to recycle the item, any recyclable claim would be deceptive. An item that is made from recyclable material, but, because of its shape, size, or some other attribute, is not accepted in recycling programs, should not be marketed as recyclable.” These guidelines should apply to a product such as plastic straws.
An August 2018 study, “Rethinking Single-Use Plastics: Responding to a Sea Change in Consumer Behavior”, states that recycling and sustainability are recent market trends that are here to stay, and that the plastics industry must adapt to these developments.
The report was published by market researchers with Citi, who say there is a potential packaging “battleground” between plastic, paper, metal and glass materials.
There are two bills in the California Senate this month that focus on preventing, reducing and managing plastic and beverage container waste.
SB-1335 “Solid waste: food service packaging: state agencies, facilities, and property” and SB-168 “Recycling: beverage containers” were ordered to a third reading fora final vote on August 31, 2018.
The Danish government recently announced that beginning January 1, 2020, companies selling juices in plastic, glass and metal packaging on the Danish market will be required to charge a deposit on refillable and non-refillable containers. Manufacturers of these products will also have to participate in the deposit system, Dansk Retursystem (DK).
The ENVI Committee released 484 amendments to the draft strategy, which was initially published in January 2018. Amendments solidify language in the draft, designate certain responsibilities to Member States and offer new proposals to be included in the Strategy.
The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) is developing new sorting protocols for the recycling industry. These Sorting Potential Protocols will identify packaging that gets lost in the recycling process, and will assess the sorting potential of a packaging as well as test additional components before considering it recyclable.
Closed Loop Fund is making a $3 million investment in PureCycle Technologies, which has plans to create a polypropylene recycling facility in Ohio at a former Dow Chemical Co. polystyrene plant. The technology will produce recycled PP that has virgin-like properties and is expected to handle more than 105 million pounds of recycled PP each year.
California-based advocacy group As You Sow has organized $1 trillion in assets into a new Plastic Solutions Investor Alliance, after shareholders began calling upon major consumer product companies to reduce plastic packaging, increase recyclability and aide in the recycling collection process.
As You Sow believes that its community of investors will have a positive influence in raising public and governmental awareness about the problems associated with plastic pollution, especially as it relates to marine litter.
In a recent letter from Vietnam’s Tan Cang-Cai Mep International Terminal (TCIT) that was obtained and shared by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), it was announced that the terminal was stockpiling scrap materials and, as a result, will temporarily stop accepting all containers of scrap plastic and paper from June 25 through October 15, 2018.
On April 27, 2018, APCO was endorsed in a Meeting of the Environment Ministers (MEM) to lead Australia’s response to China’s National Sword policies, setting a target in line with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s three-year plastics initiative project. APCO CEO Brooke Donnelly is calling the lead historic target “one of the most ambitious and decisive environmental targets to be supported in Australia.”