European Commission welcomes voluntary pledges for plastic recycling

The European Commission has welcomed "significant" voluntary commitments from the industry to advance plastics recycling but said more that will be needed in the future.

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Businesses endorse plastics waste and pollution goals

More than 290 companies and groups, including some of the world's largest consumer goods makers and plastics packaging firms, signed on to a plan Oct. 29 from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to make their packaging much more environmentally friendly.

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Companies kick in $90 million to fight plastic pollution in Asia

Major consumer product makers and chemical companies, including Dow Chemical Co., PepsiCo Inc. and Procter & Gamble Co. are kicking in $90 million to fight plastics ocean pollution in Asia, and trying to demonstrate that such projects can be viable investments.

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Taiwan recycling-machine makers see gold in green laws

Tough new plastics recycling and environmental laws in Taiwan and mainland China are boosting the fortunes of the island's small but feisty recycling-machine makers.

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China's thermoformers join forces on environment, training

Hoping to build stronger links to the government and address concerns about plastic pollution, China's thermoforming industry is forming an ambitious new association aimed at boosting recycling and helping companies upgrade.

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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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Southeast Asia countries adopting stricter plastic scrap limits

Strict new limits on plastics scrap imports in Southeast Asia, including announcements in recent days by authorities Thailand, could have a "devastating" impact on Chinese recyclers, according to the head of one of the country's recycling associations.

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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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