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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The European Commission has withdrawn its Circular Economy initiative from its 2015 work programme, which it will “replace by a new, more ambitious proposal by end 2015”.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
Eco Plastics, the UK-based plastics recycler, is looking for a buyer to secure what its founder called a “long-term platform” for its future. 9 December 2014
Suez Environnement hopes to double its production of recycled plastics in Europe within five years, the company said. 9 December 2014
Members of trade body Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) put the recycling and sorting of high quality post-consumer plastics at the top of their agenda in Brussels last week. 25 November 2014
Europe is to get its first pan-European exhibition and conference aimed at the region’s plastics recycling industry next year. The Plastics Recycling Show Europe (PRSE), organised by Crain Communications which publishes European Plastics News, will take place at the Tour & Taxis venue in Brussels on 25 and 26 November 2015. The event is supported by industry body Plastics Recyclers Europe, which also plans to hold its annual working group meetings at PRSE. 25 November 2014
Representatives of the European Parliament and the European Union’s (EU) Council of Ministers agreed on a provisional deal last night (17 November) to reduce the use of lightweight plastic bags in the EU. However, the agreement has to be confirmed in unanimity by EU member states’ top diplomats meeting in the so-called ‘Coreper’ committee on Friday, 21 November. 18 November 2014
The UK government has been accused of trying to block agreement over European Union (EU) legislation curbing lightweight plastic bags usage to favour a UK plastics company with close links to David Cameron's Conservative Party. A Danish Green member of the European Parliament (MEP) Margrete Auken made the claims ahead of an important ‘trialogue’ meeting today (17 November). 17 November 2014
China is importing more waste plastic in 2014 than in 2013, reported Ministry of Environmental Protection representative Li Shu'ai, at the Sino-EU Cooperation Seminar of the Plastics Recycling Industry, held on 10 November in Beijing. 13 November 2014
Sitting across from each other in a Beijing hotel meeting room, representatives of the European Association of Plastics Recycling and Recovery Organisations (EPRO) and members of the Plastic Recycling Committee of China Plastics Processing Industry Association (PRCCPIA) met for the 10 November Sino-EU Cooperation Seminar of the Plastics Recycling Industry. 11 November 2014
Coca-Cola Co. is shutting down its recycling division, instead expressing a desire to work with outside suppliers for recyclables, including PET, to put back into new packaging.
31 October 2014
NGR Next Generation Recyclingmaschinen demonstrated its A:GRAN-series systems to recycle bulky or thick-walled plastic parts at Fakuma in Friedrichshafen, Germany. 23 October 2014
Plasmac, the Aylesbury, UK-based manufacturer of recycling equipment, has become majority owned by Syncro, an Italian family-owned firm operating in the same sector. 15 October 2014

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