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Ceresana, a Germany-based research company, has released a report forecasting that by 2020 the sales volume of bags and sacks in Europe will reach 9.12 million tonnes. The report covers bags made from plastic and paper. 22 April 2014
European Union (EU) countries could have to reduce the use of plastic carrier bags by at least 80% by 2019 under draft rules backed by the European Parliament yesterday (16 April). 17 April 2014
Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has launched a new recycling challenge campaign to get more UK households recycling their plastic bottles after research found most other European countries recycled far more. 3 April 2014
UK-based Eurokey Recycling has opened a new waste recycling unit in Poland. 24 March 2014
EuPC has slammed a European Parliament-backed report on how to cut the use of lightweight plastic carrier bags. 21 March 2014
Incinerating or dumping plastic films in landfills could soon be a thing of the past as new technologies seek to convert plastics into fuels and other useful products, according to UK-based Axion Consulting. 13 March 2014
The European Parliament’s influential environment committee has backed proposed changes to the European Union (EU) packaging and packaging waste directive designed to reduce the use of lightweight plastic carrier bags.  12 March 2014
German plastics producers, processors and recyclers are being hurt by the country’s renewable energy law. In this feature David Vink reviews current problems and their origins. 6 March 2014
NGR Next Generation Recyclingmaschinen has acquired a majority stake in German specialty machinery maker Dr. Collin. 3 March 2014
A US trade group is refuting a report out of Europe that maintains that using up to 10% compostable plastic does not impact mechanical properties of recycled post-consumer plastics. 3 March 2014
A study of plastic bag consumption in Germany has found the rate to be less than half the European average. EU bag reduction proposals are unnecessary in Germany, according to IK, the German association for plastic packaging and films. 26 February 2014
A UK academic has called on the European Parliament to tackle single-use plastic bags in order to focus consumers' minds on the ‘throw away society’ and change their behaviour. 24 February 2014
A Chinese firm is obtaining technology from Czech Republic to produce PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoates) biopolymer from China’s abundant waste cooking oil and make biodegradable food packaging out of the material. 14 February 2014
KW Plastics Recycling has become is the largest North American customer for the ERF melt filter from Ettlinger Kunststofmaschinen—running 13 of the ERF250s on recycling lines in Troy, Alabama. 6 February 2014
Insolvent PET group La Seda de Barcelona has entered the liquidation phase following a ruling by a commercial court judge in Barcelona, Spain. LSB placed itself in voluntary insolvency in June 2013 after failing to reach agreement with creditors to restructure its debt. The court approval, announced on 30 January, enables the company’s receiver to sell the group’s major assets, which include PET resin plants and the APPE PET rigid packaging business. 31 January 2014

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