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More than 70% of China’s plastics recycling companies have left the industry over the past three years, taking hundreds of thousands of jobs away, according to Zhou Kaiqing. 15 May 2015
Austria-based recycling technology company Erema has announced that it hit record figures with its annual sales for the fiscal year of 2014/15, reporting €115m in sales, an increase of 21% and €20m on the previous year. The sales for the group (including Erema, Pure Loop and 3S) stood at €130m for the year. 14 May 2015
Closed Loop Recycling, the Dagenham, UK-based plastic bottle recycler, has been bought out of administration by a Dubai-based investment group, according to reports. 7 May 2015
European Union (EU) countries will be required to reduce the use of the commonest and most polluting plastic bags under new rules voted by the Parliament on Tuesday. Member states will be able to choose either to take measures to reduce annual average consumption of non-biodegradable plastic bags to 90 lightweight bags per citizen by the end of 2019 and 40 by the end of 2025 or ensure that by the end of 2018, no more light plastic bags are handed over free of charge to shoppers. 29 April 2015
In this Q&A feature Len Sauers, Vice President of Global Sustainability for Proctor & Gamble, speaks to Plastics News Europe about Procter & Gamble’s sustainability goals. 28 April 2015
The Waste & Resources Action Programme (Wrap) is hosting a meeting this week with leading figures in the supermarket supply chain to look at balancing the market for recycled HDPE and help stricken firm Closed Loop. 14 April 2015
After years on the market, its shredder-extrusion system to recycle plastics just wasn’t attracting enough attention, or sales, for that matter. 10 April 2015
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

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