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Exide Technologies is immediately closing its lead-acid battery recycling facility in Vernon, California, in the US, admitting felony violations and agreeing to pay millions of dollars to tear down the site and clean neighbouring land. 13 March 2015
A PET recycler in Indiana, US, expects to stabilize and grow the amount of material it processes now that it’s under a new ownership structure. 12 March 2015
A Belarus state-run trading and manufacture body, Belresursy plans to build a polyethylene waste recycling plant at Borisov in the country’s central Minsk region. 24 February 2015
Lindner reSource, a German-based specialist in shredding technology for the plastics industry, is now represented in North America by its own subsidiary. 24 February 2015
Austria-based recycling technology group Erema has announced the creation of its new sister company Pure Loop, which specialises in the recycling of clean production wastes using shredder/extruder technology. 17 February 2015
Responding to a new report about plastic waste in the marine environment, trade body PlasticsEurope said there were currently nearly 200 industry projects in place to tackle the problem. The National Center of Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at the University of California estimated that between four and 12 million tonnes of plastics were washed into the world’s oceans annually, or between 1.5% and 4.5% of the world’s total plastic production. 16 February 2015
Production of plastics around the world continues to increase, but recycling is lagging, according to new research from the Worldwatch Institute. 10 February 2015
Bologna, Italy-based thermoformed plastic packaging company ILIP has announced that it is ready to start producing food packaging products made from 100% recycled PET. 4 February 2015
Hungarian plastics recycler LAplast PET is investing almost €1m to upgrade the recycling technology at its plant in north eastern Hungary. 2 February 2015
Lindner Washtech will show its technology for washing and drying shredded post-consumer plastic, at its NPE 2015 Booth S26189. 29 January 2015
Single use plastic carrier bags made from biodegradable material should be exempted from the government’s proposed 5p-a-bag levy in England, supporters of biodegradable plastic said today. 27 January 2015
Italy-based materials company Novamont has announced that its 50/50 joint venture with Versalis, Novamont and Matrìca, has signed a deal with Coldiretti and Consorzi Agrari d’Italia, for the creation of innovative agro-industrial chains to create short-chain biolubricants and bioplastics. 26 January 2015
MTM Plastics, which produces recycled polyolefins from mixed plastic waste, has announced that it is planning to invest €8m to expand its production facilities in Niedergebra, Germany by the end of 2016. 20 January 2015
European trade body PlasticsEurope has welcomed the European Commission’s (EC) decision to scrap its Circular Economy Package. 18 December 2014
The European Commission has withdrawn its Circular Economy initiative from its 2015 work programme, which it will “replace by a new, more ambitious proposal by end 2015”. The Commission revealed the Circular Economy package, which was launched in July, was one of 80 proposals it has axed from its 2015 programme, with its work plans now focused on 23 initiatives. 17 December 2014

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