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EU sets out ambitious plans to cut plastics use to protect environment

The European Commission adopted the first-ever Europe-wide strategy on plastics in January, saying that it wanted all plastic packaging in the European Union to be recyclable by 2030.

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McDonald's targets greener plastic packaging by 2025

McDonald's Corp., fresh off news that the company is discontinuing use of expanded polystyrene packaging in 2018, now is vowing to use only packaging that comes from renewable, recycled or certified sources by 2025.

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Toy makers STEAM ahead at Hong Kong fair

Hong Kong - Educational toys are growing in popularity, as parents seek a way to give children a leg-up in a highly competitive world. That push could be even more visible in China.

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Recycler Parc shuts down, blames Chinese import ban

Romeoville, Ill.-based recycler Parc Corp. USA is shutting down, blaming tough new Chinese import restrictions on plastic recycling scrap.

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At UN meeting, some call for global treaty on plastic marine waste

More aggressive action against plastic waste, especially to keep it from getting into the oceans, was in the driver's seat at a major United Nations environmental meeting in December, with some countries advocating a zero tolerance approach.

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ISRI warns of 'chaos' as China gets ready to enforce scrap ban

China's enforcement of its ban on imported scrap plastics and other materials is shaping up to be confusing and chaotic, a large U.S. recycling industry trade group is warning.

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Plastic Bank recycling effort partners with Henkel as it expands

Officials at Plastic Bank are forging major business partnerships, getting props from the United Nations and preparing for a Vatican visit as their programs to stem the tide of ocean-bound plastic spread beyond the shores of Haiti and the Philippines.

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China offers signs of 'leeway' in imported plastic scrap ban

Possibly cracking open the door in its ban on plastic scrap imports, the Chinese government may allow some grades of clean material in, if they can be used directly in manufacturing, according to a Chinese industry group.

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BIR: China plastic scrap imports could 'nosedive'

China's imports of plastics recycling scrap are likely to "nosedive" to less than half of normal levels next year in the wake of Beijing's strict ban on overseas waste materials, according to the Brussels-based industry group the Bureau of International Recycling.

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With focus on Asia, FRX raises $12 million, plans IPO in Australia

Specialty chemicals firm FRX Polymers Inc. has secured $12 million in a round of financing led by an unidentified Chinese private equity fund, and plans an initial public offering next year in Australia where it hopes to raise more than $20 million.

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