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21 December 2021

ProAmpac buys Illinois-based flexible packaging company PSG

20 December 2021

HITCHCOCK Juice Collection bottle from Ardagh wins the "Product Innovation in Glass" award

20 December 2021

Packaging maker Sonoco to acquire Ball Metalpack for $1.35 bln

17 December 2021

Food banks struggle to keep up with rising demand as donations fall

17 December 2021

Inspiring change with WasteAid through local waste management initiatives

16 December 2021

Berry recognized as a climate change leader for its sustainability initiatives

16 December 2021

A cool move to keep emissions on track

16 December 2021

Unilever, Asda and WRAP to research refill stations and reusable packs

15 December 2021

Investing in the circular economy

15 December 2021

Dow products win two 2021 ICIS Innovation Awards

14 December 2021

Five Additional Dow sites receive ISCC PLUS certification, driving global progress for circular plastic production

14 December 2021

WasteAid and Dow partner to bolster Egypt’s circular economy

14 December 2021

PepsiCo Beverages North America Announces $15 Million Investment in Closed Loop Partners' Leadership Fund

13 December 2021

Aldi named highest-ranked supermarket for hygiene standards

13 December 2021

Berry multilayer sauce bottle boosts protection & sustainability

13 December 2021

Key plant-based eating trends revealed by Nestlé Professional's research

10 December 2021

CDP regognises Crown as climate change leader

10 December 2021

Essity signs EUR 300m loan agreement with the European Investment Bank

10 December 2021

McDonald's opens first UK net zero carbon restauruant

9 December 2021

Berry named one of America's most responsible companies

9 December 2021

McDonald’s donates playgrounds to Ronald McDonald Houses, made from recycled Happy Meal® toys

9 December 2021

Sainsbury’s helps to feed more than half a million pregnant women and children this festive season

7 December 2021

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners recognised with ‘A’ score for both climate and water stewardship by CDP

7 December 2021

Coca-Cola HBC again recognised by CDP with double 'A' score for global climate action and water stewardship

7 December 2021

Danone recognized for the third year in a row as global environmental leader with triple ‘A’ score given by CDP

7 December 2021

Essity on CDP’s prestigious A List for sustainability

7 December 2021

Refill-reuse revolution’: Unilever on the potential of reusable packaging

6 December 2021

A unique partnership in New Zealand to enhance soil health

6 December 2021

Tesco’s plastic packaging reduction programme is on a rollTesco’s plastic packaging reduction programme is on a roll

3 December 2021

It doesn’t cost-a-lot to be kind:average adult carries out four acts of kindness a week in December

2 December 2021

Single-use packaging is a sustainable choice for society, the science says so

2 December 2021

Warburtons announce hitting £2.5m milestone for cancer

1 December 2021

Sainsbury’s to match millions in donations in a bid to help feed more than 12 million families this Christmas

29 November 2021

Aldi launches deposit return scheme trial in Scotland

29 November 2021

Investor's Business Daily Ranks Crown in Top 25 Companies for Environmental, Social And Governance (ESG) Matters

26 November 2021

Acquisition of Consol for $1 billion

Legislation Updates

INCPEN Members (not including Trade Association Group colleagues) have access to view the full legislation library.  Please contact Alison Skuse for access.

France - New producer registration regime off to a late start - 16 Dec 2021

The AGEC Law stipulates that producers of all products subject to EPR must register with environment agency ADEME from 1-Jan-22 who - in turn - must issue them a "unique identifier" which has legal relevance and must be shown on yet-to-be regulated documents. Some details of the new producer registration and identification regime have now been revealed by packaging PRO CITEO.

The AGEC Law provides a framework but few details of the new regime. ADEME - who has long registered individual producers of EEE and batteries but not those with EPR obligations for packaging and most other EPR-subjected products - has not released any public information.  Moreover, unlike present the number, the upcoming unique identifier will be legally relevant and their display (on yet-to-be-defined documents) mandatory.

CITEO guidance on the “unique identifier”
On 2-Dec-21, household packaging and printed paper PRO CITEO informed its clients that it would e-mail them "at the beginning of January 2022" with information about their new unique identifier and that it "will take care of all the necessary procedures with ADEME". In an attached information sheet (English, cached), CITEO explained that the unique identifier
  • will comprise 15 characters and will be issued for each waste stream, i.e. household packaging, printed paper, WEEE, batteries, textiles, etc. [a  producer of EEE with an embedded battery would have 3 unique identifiers, one each for EEE, batteries, packaging];
  • must be included in the producer's general sales conditions or in any other contractual document, and - if applicable - on the producer's website.  CITEO writes that “absence of the unique identifier on your general sales conditions or any other contractual document may result in an administrative fine of up to EUR 30,000”. Note: To our knowledge, the details of this obligation are yet to be regulated. See 3rd bullet of ‘background’ below.
  • "will be valid for the entire life of the contract with Citeo. If you terminate your contract with Citeo, we will inform ADEME of this end of contract so that it can manage the publication of your unique identifier on the specific website managed by ADEME available at the beginning of 2022."
On 13-Dec-21, CITEO followed up with guidance for online market places and sellers using online marketplaces. From 1-Jan-22, online marketplaces and delivery services are subject to producer and distributor obligations (for those sellers using their services), unless they provide ADEME with the unique identifier of the seller. See 5th bullet of ‘background’ below.

Background:  What does the AGEC Law say?
The AGEC Law stipulates that
  1. ADEME is to “ensure the monitoring and observation of the EPR sectors” and that its costs for this activity are covered by a fee paid by producers or their PROs, which is to be set by decree (Art. L.131.3). Note: ADEME is not explicitly required to set up a register of producers. 
  2. producers of any EPR-subjected product must register with ADEME from 1-Jan-22 and that the authority must issue them a “unique identifier” and publish a list of registered producers (Art. L541-10-13).
  3. the Minister may issue an administrative fine of at most EUR 30,000 to a producer that is not registered, provides no (or incorrect) information, or does not “show in the context of mandatory information, on media as defined by regulation, the unique identifier” (Art. L541-9-5 para. 5). The Regulation defining the details of this obligation are yet to be made.
  4. the “seller of a product … communicates to the buyer, at the latter's request, the unique identifier under which the producer is registered …” (Art.L.541-10-10).
  5. “when a natural or legal person facilitates, through the use of an electronic interface such as a marketplace, platform, portal or similar device, distance sales or the delivery of products covered by the principle of EPR on behalf of a third party, that person shall be required to provide for or contribute to the prevention and management of waste originated by these sales in accordance with the rules of Articles L. 541-10 [producer's take-back obligations] and L. 541-10-8  [distributor's take-back obligations].

    However, the provisions of the first paragraph of this article do not apply when the natural or legal person has the elements justifying that the third party has already fulfilled these obligations. In this case, [the person] is required to enter the corresponding supporting documents in a register made available to the administrative authority. Holding a unique identifier issued for these products in application of Article L. 541-10-13 under EPR is deemed to constitute compliance by the third party with its obligations."  (L. 541-10-9)

Germany - Federal agencies prohibited from procuring certain goods from Jan-22 - 15 Dec 2021

The "General Administrative Rule for the Procurement of Climate-Friendly Services" (AVV Klima) by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) introduces a “negative list” of products that may not be procured. The list includes certain SUPs, single-use packaging and products in cardboard transport packaging that contains less than 85% recycled fibre.

Despite referring to 'climate-friendly services' in its title, the AVV Klima also applies to products. It governs the procurement by federal agencies under direct federal administration (i.e. not agencies under the Lander or municipal authority, such as most police forces, educational institutions or hospitals), except for federal agencies related to security and defence.

The AVV Klima complements other procurement related texts*. Its main novelty is a “negative list” of products that federal agencies may not be procure. This list - specified in Annex 1 - notably includes:
  • Packaging & SUPs
    • “Products whose cardboard transport packaging does not contain at least 85% (mass) recycled material, provided that the bidder or applicant has sufficient influence on the design of the transport packaging”;
    • Aerosol cans with halogenated propellants;
    • Mineral water, beer, juices, milk and soft drinks in single-use packaging whether subject to a mandatory deposit or not (except cardboard packaging, tubular bag packaging and foil stand-up pouches);
    • Disposable cutlery and crockery in canteens and student restauration as well as at major events;
  • EEE
    • Fridges and freezers with halogenated refrigerants;
    • Devices for heating or cooling the air in outside spaces;
    • Devices used for preparing hot beverages that are available for end users only as single-serve packs;
  • Microplastics: Products for which the provider does not guarantee that they do not contain microplastics (in particular detergents, cleaning agents, cosmetics).
* Legal texts that address Green GPP:  
  • The main text governing public procurement - at all levels (federal, state etc) - is the “Federal Regulation on the Award of Public Contracts” (VgV). As regards GPP, the VgV allows “the contracting authority [to] request the submission of quality marks …” such as the German Blue Angel (for example, paper products bearing the Blue Angel label need to be produced from 100% waste paper);
  • The AVV Klima complements the May-20 “Administrative Rule for the Procurement of Energy-Efficient Services” (AVV EnEff) of May-20 issued also by the BMWi and also applicable to federal agencies only. The AVV EnEFF notably required procurers to consider energy consumption over a product's full lifecycle as well as repair and the purchase of used goods as alternatives to purchasing new goods.
  • The Oct-20 amendment to the Circular Economy Act revised Art. 45 of the Act to require public procurement to give preference to i.a. the use of recyclates unless this would cause are no unreasonable additional costs. 

EU - Food contact recycled plastics - 14 Dec 2021

The proposed regulation tries to adapt EU rules for the growing need for high quality recycled plastics and increasingly diverse plastics recycling technologies.

On 6-Dec-21 the EU Commission opened consultations ending 10-Jan-22 on a new draft regulation that would allow for an increase in the use of recycled plastics for food contact. The draft proposes to
  • allow the use of “novel recycling technologies” before they have been assessed as “suitable” for producing recycled plastics for food contact applications to enable the collection of data that allow this assessment.
  • establish a Commission authorization of individual plastic “recycling processes” that use input materials of different quality, taking into account and harmonising the “individual authorization” of such processes by a member state;
  • establish a “Union Register” of plastic recycling technologies, recyclers, processes, decontamination installations etc. and to introduce associated registration and declaration obligations for recyclers and decontamination installations;
  • require plastic recyclers and converters to provide a declaration of compliance according to templates provided in the draft.
* COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) …/… of XXX on recycled plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with foods, and repealing Regulation (EC) 282/2008

“Novel recycling technology” allowed before found “suitable” to enable data collection
The new regulation arguably swerves from the EU’s precautionary principle by proposing to allow recycled plastic materials produced by a “novel technology” to be placed on the market - albeit under strict operating, information, monitoring and reporting requirements - before assessing whether the technology is “suitable” to produce food contact materials in line with Article 3 of Regulation (EC) 1935/2004 on food contact materials. The rationale is that without this transition period, there would be no way of collecting sufficient data for the assessment.

The developer of a novel technology is to notify the national FDA as well as the Commission four month prior to starting operations (Art. 10.2). Developers of novel technologies currently used in accordance with national rules** should make the notification within six months of the entry into force of the proposed Regulation (Art. 31.1).

When the Commission considers that sufficient data are available to assess the suitability, it may request the FDA of the Member State in which the developer is located to assess that technology and may include similar novel technologies in that request (Art. 14). This would ensure synergies in applications processing between the Member States and accelerate approvals.

To lessen any safety concerns member states may have, the draft contains a ‘safeguard clause’ which would allow them to prohibit POM of recycled plastics produced by novel technologies at their discretion (Art. 16).

“Suitable technologies” will be listed in Annex 1 of the Regulations. Currently, the draft only lists post-consumer mechanical PET recycling and closed loop recycling as suitable technologies (Annex I, table1).

* The draft proposes to distinguish a “suitable recycling technology” from others along four properties: (a) the type of collection and origin of the input material, (b) the specific combination of concepts, principles and practices to decontaminate the input material, (c) the intended use of the recycled material and (d) the need - or the absence thereof - of an authorization (Art. 3).
** Recycled materials and articles are presently placed on the market subject to national rules (Preamble 23).

Harmonised and centralized “individual authorization” of a “recycling process” that use input materials of different quality
The draft Regulation foresees the individual authorization of recycling processes that use a “suitable technology” in certain cases, particularly when the quality of the input material into a process differs.  However, authorization should not be required for an individual recycling process that uses suitable “closed-loop” recycling technology (Preamble 8, 19).  Articles 17 to 22 harmonise the details of the authorization procedure of individual processes:

The developer of the decontamination process should apply for individual authorization of a “recycling process” to the national FDA (Art. 17.1, 2). The national FDA must give an opinion within six months as to whether the process is “capable of applying the suitable technology” the process uses (Art. 18).

The national FDA must inform the Commission of the application - “without delay” - and provide the materials submitted, as well as inform about the progress to authorization (Art. 17.4, 18.3).

Taking into account the opinion of the national FDA and its own considerations, the Commission must adopt a decision addressed to the applicant granting or refusing the authorisation of the recycling process (Art. 19).

Union Register of technologies, recyclers, processes, schemes, and decontamination installations
The draft’s Art. 24 establishes the Union Register, maintained by the Commission and publicly accessible, which is to contain details of new technologies and their developers, and authorised recycling processes, as well as general business and contact information.

Recyclers and decontamination installations will be obligated to register with the Union register and their national authority (Art. 25) and provide data in the “Compliance Monitoring Summary Sheet” (CMSS) provided in Annex II for each installation.

Recyclers and converters to provide a declaration of compliance
Recyclers shall provide a Declaration of Compliance (template in Annex III Part A) [presumably to their converter clients] that shall include instructions for ensuring that converters can further process the recycled plastic into food-grade materials.

Likewise, plastic converters shall provide a declaration of compliance (template in Annex III Part B.

Recycled plastic will be considered non-compliant if it has been POM without appropriate documentation or labelling, or if a recycler cannot demonstrate compliance with this regulation (Art. 28).

EU - Summary of member state specific material identification and sorting label provisions - 7 Dec 2021

The EU Circular Economy Package (CEP) and single-use plastics (SUP) Directive increased material recycling targets for packaging (65% overall target by 2025), eliminated packaging recovery targets and introduced separate collection targets for plastic beverage containers. To meet these targets, member states must enable consumers to sort more packaging waste.

Several member states have opted to achieve this goal by providing consumers with information about packaging materials and the available collection routes on labels.

For example:
  • France and Italy have introduced mandatory national “sorting instruction”. Similar provisions have been proposed in Poland, Portugal and Luxembourg.
  • In Romania and Italy the voluntary packaging material identification system of Decision 97/129/EC has been made mandatory. In Slovenia it will be mandatory from Jan-22 but a pending draft may yet abolish the requirement. Draft legislation in Portugal and Luxembourg proposes the same.  It should be noted that the industry pressure reverted the requirement in Croatia in Dec-17 and in Lithuania in Apr-19.
  • To avoid consumer confusion, member states aim to ban symbols that are allowed or even mandatory in other member states: France banned the Green Dot but suspended the ban before it took place, and a ban of the Tidyman symbol is proposed in Portugal.
In addition, national labeling requirements to identify certain reusable packaging and packaging subject to national deposit systems proliferate. The proliferation of national labeling requirements leads to a fragmentation of the single market.

Already during the preparations for a revision (‘Refit) of the EU Packaging Directive in Mar-18, stakeholders expressed concerns about the “misuse” of the EU’s voluntary material identification system by some Member States.  In Jun-21, 65 of Europe’s largest industry associations urged the Commission to “halt the proliferation of unilateral and divergent national measures” and to use the review of the Packaging Directive as an opportunity to set common requirements as regards “which information should be provided to consumers and how this should be done”, including the use of digital solutions. In parallel, the Commission’s work to harmonize separate waste collection and sorting, as required by the Waste Framework Directive, would be “key to the effectiveness of harmonized labelling requirements.”

The Commission’s Jun-21 reply to a to a parliamentary question confirmed that the revision of the PPWD would examine the “appropriateness of harmonised labelling”, a EU-definition of recyclability, common bin colours, harmonised symbols for key waste types, product labels, information campaigns and economic instruments but noted that “the set-up of appropriate collection systems remains the responsibility of the Member States”.

The Commission's roadmap foresees the the Commission to sadopt its proposal of a revised Packaging Directive in Q1-22.

Sorting instructions
France – mandatory from Jan-22 unless equivalent mandatory instructions from another member state shown
: Decree 2021-835 reiterates that the Triman label** (introduced through Decree 2014-1577) must be shown “on the product, its packaging or in other documents supplied with the product” on all products subject to EPR and recyclable packaging that ends up in households, excl. glass beverage packaging and adds that the logo must be accompanied by “sorting instructions” defined by PROs and approved by the Government. Sorting instructions proposed by packaging PRO CITEO were approved in Sep-21 for industry-wide use from Jan-22. Seeking to ensure compatibility with single-market requirements, Decree 2021-835 allows the Triman logo and the “sorting instructions” to be “replaced … by another … signage regulated by the [EU or another member state] provided that this other symbol … is mandatory”. 
Italy – mandatory from Jan-22 but not necessarily in physical form: Legislative Decree 116/2020 required to “provide consumers with correct information on the final destinations of packaging” (Art. 219.5). In Feb-21, PRO CONAI followed up with guidance, and the online tool e-tichetta, and in May-21 guidance by the Ministry notably clarified that both packaging producers and packers/fillers of all types of packaging “having knowledge of the actual composition of their packaging (both finished and semi-finished) are subject to the new labelling requirement” while allowing the use of digital tools to fulfil the information obligation (more information: CONAI’s FAQ on labeling)
Poland - proposed to be mandatory: A Mar-21 draft amendment to the Packaging Act proposes to make a label on packaging mandatory from 2023 that “indicates the fraction of waste” as defined in Ministerial regulation. The explanatory note to the draft notes that research showed that that only 52% of people can sort waste properly into the country’s uniform waste separation system, in place throughout the country since Jul-17. The draft exempts packaging “manufactured, introduced or imported” into Poland from outside of the EU from the labeling requirement.
Portugal - proposed to be mandatory: A Feb-21 draft amendment to Decree-Law 152-D/2017 (on EPR) proposes to require recyclable primary and secondary packaging for consumers to be marked with an “indication of their proper destination, namely the color of the recycling bin where they must be placed” as determinded by Government Order. This information can be “presented either by iconography or words or both”.  Packaging whose size does not allow marking is proposed to be exempt (Art. 28.5 to 8). The draft’s Art. 8.1 allows non-reusable primary packaging from other Member States or third countries “that have been marked with a specific symbol at their origin” to be placed on the market, but does not go as far as the French rules which allow foreign symbol in lieu of the national instructions.
Luxembourg - proposed to be mandatory: A Jul-20 draft amendment to the Packaging Law proposes to require “appropriate marking” on the packaging or on the label, with an “appropriate shelf life, including when the packaging is opened”, to inform consumers “in particular about the collection of packaging” (Art. 14.2).

Material identification codes
Italy - mandatory from Sep-20: Legislative Decree 116/2020 made it mandatory from 26-Sep-20 to label all packaging with the material identification markings as per EC Decision 97/129/EC [Note: the separable components of a package (i.e bottle and cap) are required to be labelled individually].
Portugal - proposed to be mandatory within 2 years: A Feb-21 draft amendment to Decree-Law 152-D/2017 (on EPR) proposes to require all packaging to contain material identification markings as per EC Decision 97/129/EC (within 2 years of enforcement).
Luxembourg - proposed to be mandatory: A Jul-20 draft amendment to the Packaging Law would require material identification markings as per EC Decision 97/129/EC, as well as appropriate markings providing information to consumers about reusability and disposal options is to be affixed on the packaging or on the label.

Ban of certain symbols
France – Ban of Green Dot postponed before entering into force: The Feb-20 ACEG Law imposed financial penalties on packaging labelled with “signs and markings which could lead to confusion as regards separate collection and sorting rules”. A Dec-20 implementing Order applied the penalty to “graphic symbols representing two or more arrows rolled up and inscribed in a circle” evidently referring to the widely used Greed Dot symbol*** from 1-Jan-21, however this requirement was suspended indefinitely from 15-Mar-21  [Note: The French Supreme Administrative Court is expected to decide on the matter in the coming months].
Portugal - proposed ban of Tidyman: A Feb-21 draft amendment to Decree-Law 152-D/2017 (on EPR) proposes prohibit the use of the tidy-man symbol*** on all packaging

News from Industry

  • Survey finds 8/10 consumers want more sustainable packaging; Given the volume of business Amazon does, the online retail giant was voted top of the list for a second consecutive year, and critics would argue that with the online retail boom consumers would always have some issues with the sizes and formats of packaging as companies will never get all the packaging right for every customer.
  • Only 30% of UK businesses have a Net Zero Strategy; Research by Veolia shows that less than a third of UK businesses have a strategy for reaching carbon neutrality, despite growing environmental concerns. Plus, 42% of UK businesses are feeling ‘overwhelmed’ by the steps they need to take to reach this goal.    
  • European Commission approves the acquisition of Suez by Veolia; The approval is conditional on full compliance with a commitments package offered by Veolia. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Thanks to the very comprehensive commitments put forward by Veolia, the Commission has been able to approve the concentration of Veolia and Suez, two French incumbents in the water and waste sectors.
  • Iceland launches paper packaging from Mondi; Iceland is set to replace some of its plastic packaging with Mondi’s functional barrier paper, which is reportedly recyclable in existing waste streams and guarantees the same shelf life as its previous packaging.
  • Four coffee brands join Podback recycling programme; Artisan Coffee Co, Allpress Espresso, Colonna Coffee and Café Palmieri by Jomad Coffee have all joined the scheme set up by Nestlé and Jacobs Douwe Egberts UK. Once the new brands have integrated Podback into their systems, consumers will be able to recycle their pods in two ways: Collect and delivered by Yodel; or through kerbside collection for residents of Cheltenham Borough Council, South Derbyshire District Council, Chichester District Council and Oxford City Council. The service is set to expand to new areas in 2022.
  • IKEA aims to remove plastic from consumer packaging by 2028; Swedish home furniture retailer IKEA has committed to eliminating the use of plastic from all its consumer packaging solutions by 2028. The move will be carried out in phases, starting with removing plastic from the packaging of all the company’s new products by 2025. All existing IKEA products will be sold in plastic-free packaging by 2028.
  • Second delay for Scotland’s deposit return scheme; The UK’s first deposit return scheme (DRS) will now go live across Scotland on 16 August 2023, marking the second delay to the roll out of the scheme. The announcement follows an independent review, which considered the impact of COVID-19 on the scheme, the Scottish Government says.
  • England’s household recycling rate falls to 44%; The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) have released updated recycling figures for England this morning (15 December), showing that the country’s household recycling rate has fallen by 1.5%.
  • DS Smith strips out more than 170 million pieces of problem plastic for industry, supermarkets, and online retailers; The leading sustainable packaging business has removed on average more than 2 million pieces of single use plastic a week from its customers' packaging and store display products – equivalent to 12,000 pieces an hour – boosting their customers’ packaging recyclability and reducing the impact on the environment.
  • Sealed Air asks public to ‘own food waste'; Sealed Air is confident there is an uptick in portioned packaging to help combat food waste, even as its research shows consumers don’t realise the full effect of food waste.
  • Face mask litter increased by almost 9,000% from March to October 2020; A new study has found face mask litter increased by nearly 9,000% from March to October 2020 and suggests a ‘direct link’ between national legislation, according to researchers from the University of Portsmouth.
  • First year of pandemic saw 16% increase in reported incidents of fly-tipping in England; The figures cover trends in the number of fly-tipping incidents, with a breakdown by land type, waste type and size during the first year of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (2020/21). The figures also cover enforcement and prosecution actions undertaken for fly-tipping incidents, but exclude the majority of private-land incidents and large scale incidents dealt with by the Environment Agency. They show England dealt with 1.13 million fly-tipping incidents, an increase of 16% from the 980,000 reported in 2019/20.
  • Valpak and WRAP launch postcode-specific recycling tool; Valpak, WRAP and have partnered to deliver location-specific recycling instructions, via a simple postcode lookup online, in-store or at home. In a move designed to help increase the UK’s less than stellar recycling rates, ranked 12th in Europe, Provenance, the software solution for sustainability communications, has partnered with Reconomy Group company Valpak, provider of environmental compliance, and sustainability consultancy and British recycling charity WRAP, to create a way for people to find out how to recycle specific types of packaging in their local area. 
  • Morrisons reports successful transition to paper bands for bananas; Morrisons says it has successfully become the first supermarket to remove plastic bags in some of its stores which it hopes to expand.
  • Aluminium packaging recycling rate on track to surpass 2021 target; According to Q3 data released by the Environment Agency in November, aluminium packaging recycling rates have once again hit record-breaking levels and seem firmly on track to exceed their annual target. Q3 2021 saw 39,974 tonnes of aluminium packaging collected for recycling, an increase of 15% compared to the same period last year (34,700). Between January and September, a total of 121,277 tonnes of aluminium packaging were collected for recycling – 9% higher than in 2020 (111,754).
  • Veolia supplies L’Oréal with recycled plastic to promote the circular economy; Making cosmetic packaging with recycled plastic can avoid between 50% to 70% of CO2 emissions compared to a standard bottle. Veolia and L’Oréal have joined forces to reduce the carbon footprint of cosmetic packaging in a circular economy approach. Veolia will thus supply high-quality recycled plastic for L’Oréal’s packaging worldwide.
  • Peer pressure could be ‘key’ to cutting household waste; Making waste reduction the ‘social norm’ can lower household general waste by up to 27%, Keep Britain Tidy says a pilot suggests. Making waste reduction the ‘social norm’ can lower household general waste by up to 27%, and simply worded reminders about the cost of dealing with the waste we generate can cut it by 13%, according to the results of a new behaviour change pilot study by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy and BRITA UK.
  • Kellogg’s reveals recyclable paper liners in cereal boxes; Kellogg’s Corn Flakes cereal packaging is going fully paper based with the trial of a paper liner in the UK that can be widely recycled.
  • British Airways agree first ever UK produced sustainable aviation fuel supply;  British Airways will become the first airline in the world to use sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced on a commercial scale in the UK after signing a multi-year agreement with Phillips 66 Limited. Thousands of tonnes of SAF will be produced for the first time in the UK at the Phillips 66 Humber Refinery near Immingham and will be supplied to British Airways to power a number of its flights from early 2022.
  • Mars Petcare launches consumer recycling in Thailand; The “SWAP Recycling” collaboration with PUR Project’s Second Life program is designed to enable the collection and recycling of mixed post-consumer flexible plastic packaging waste into useful end products.
  • Suntory creates 100% plant-based PET bottle prototype; The prototype has been produced for the company’s Orangina brand in Europe along with its bottled mineral water brand in Japan, Suntory  Tennensui, and marks a breakthrough after a nearly decade-long partnership with the US-based sustainable technology company Anellotech.
  • Reusable baby wipes donated to expectant parents to cut landfill waste; Guernsey Water is working to discourage Islanders from flushing wipes by promoting the use of reusable alternatives. The initiative forms part of the utility’s wastewater campaign, aiming to improve understanding of the Island’s wastewater network together with the issues and damage that can be caused as a result of the incorrect flushing of wipes and other non-biodegradable material. 
  • Iceland offers plastic-free Christmas dinner range; Iceland is offering plastic-free Christmas dinners with the launch of 42 products that have no plastic packaging, including its mince pies.
  • 100% recyclable meat tray could cut food packaging waste; A Swansea researcher has invented a new type of plastic packaging for raw meat which avoids the need for non-recyclable pads inside the trays to soak up the juices, meaning the whole of the packaging tray can now be recycled. The new packaging is already in use in mainstream UK retailers, helping to increase recyclability of more than 800,000 tonnes per year of food plastic packaging generated by UK supermarkets.
  • UK Plastics Pact cuts plastic packaging by 10% and doubles recycled content; The UK Plastics Pact’s third annual report, published by global NGO WRAP, shows ‘good collective progress’ against the UK Plastics Pact’s four ambitious environmental targets – year on year, while further action is required to scale the recycling of plastic bags and wrapping.
  • Iceland launches plastic bag collection for home delivery customers; Home delivery drivers from the supermarket will carry purpose-made liners in their vans to store all old plastic bags given to them from customers. The drivers will then return the bags to The Food Warehouse stores where they will then be returned to the depot with stores daily deliveries.
  • Veolia accelerates programme to create hydrogen and cut carbon emissions; Resource management company, Veolia, is advancing its programme to create the hydrogen gas supply infrastructure and decarbonise the UK energy supply, it has announced. 
    Believed to be the first application of its type in the UK, the company’s latest development is now managing projects which incorporate electrolyser technology to derive hydrogen from water, and powering these using the low carbon electricity from its Energy Recovery Facilities (ERF).
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