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Closed Loop and partners team up for Asia marine litter investment firm

Closed Loop Partners, industry and environmental groups are ready to put money into projects to improve waste management in Asia and help reduce marine pollution.


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Vietnam, Malaysia limit plastic scrap imports

Vietnam and Malaysia have enacted further restrictions on imports of plastic scrap, as both countries seek a better handle on the sizable increase in recycled materials in their ports in the wake of China's ban on imported waste.


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Indonesian straw maker expected rejection, but not at such a rapid pace

The leader of an Indonesian plastic straw manufacturer certainly has seen opposition to his products growing, but even he is surprised by the momentum now taking place.


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UN calls bans 'effective strategies' to reduce plastic litter

A new report from the United Nations environmental agency says bans and taxes on single-use disposable plastics can be an effective strategy for combating plastic litter. The report also highlights benefits of polymer materials and says there is a need for cooperation with businesses.


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China scrap plastic imports may drop 95 percent

Scrap plastic imported into China this year will likely plummet from 2017 levels, possibly to less than 5 percent of what it was last year, according to an estimate from a Chinese plastics recycling organization.


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National Sword may create new trade route for plastics beyond China

At China's twice-annual Replas convention, plastics recyclers reflected on the massive global shifts caused by Beijing's National Sword campaign. New limits announced April 19 on imports of post-industrial waste were seen by some as another nail in the coffin for China's once-thriving scrap plastics importing business.


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China's National Sword to cut post-industrial plastic scrap

China's ban on recycled plastics imports, dubbed National Sword, will cut even deeper for reclaimers around the globe.


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EU plastics groups call for stronger legislative base for plastics strategy

The European Commission's ambitious 'plastics strategy' for more environmentally friendly use of plastics should be enshrined in hard law, with sector-wide targets, industry associations are saying.


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Taiwan's single-use plastics ban aims to cut waste, but slowly

Taiwan's government is making a strong push to try to change consumers' use of disposable plastic products, rolling out a wide-ranging ban on single-use plastics such as straws, bags, cups and utensils.


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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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