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Brand owner launches NZ’s first recycling program for yoghurt pouches

Fonterra launches NZ’s first recycling program for yoghurt pouches
NEW ZEALAND –
Fonterra has partnered with recycling company TerraCycle to launch the first recycling program for yoghurt pouches in New Zealand.

India plans total ban on non-biodegradable plastic packaging

India plans total ban on non-biodegradable plastic packaging
INDIA -
The Indian government has introduced draft Plastic Waste management and handling legislation, that when implemented before the end of 2015, will ban all non-compostable or biodegradable plastic packaging.

Analysis: Circular Economy in Europe withdrawn

EU flags in Brussels
EUROPE –
The Circular Package legislation, which targeted packaging waste management and recyclability and reuse, has been withdrawn by the European Commission (EC) from its 2015 Work Programme, for amendment and resubmission later this year.

Australian government supports continuing Australian Packaging Covenant

Australian government supports continuing Australian Packaging Covenant
AUSTRALIA –
The Australian government has released the Packaging Impacts Decision Regulation Statement (DRIS) that recommends the continuation of the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) as the best system to manage packaging waste and recycling.

Thai government tackles waste management problems

Waste management in Thailand
THAILAND –
The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry has pledged to eradicate 11 million tonnes of garbage in six provinces under a pilot project it launched in August 2014. Nationwide, it wants to be able to manage at least 80% of the total waste generated across the country in a year’s time.

Singapore aims for zero waste ‘culture’

Singapore
SINGAPORE –
The Singapore government intends to invest S$1.5 billion over the next five years into making the country one with a zero-waste culture.

Circling the Economy: The Real Target

Sorting packaging waste in Japan
ASIA –
Earlier this month, we explored the EU theoretical proposals for a Circular Economy. Now, Stuart Hoggard looks at the realities of the Circular Economy as implemented in both China and Japan.

Circling the Economy but missing the target

Circling the Economy but missing the target
EUROPE -
In June the Brussels bureaucrats issued their grand vision and adopted its Communication "Towards a circular economy: a zero waste programme for Europe" to establish a common and coherent EU framework to promote the circular economy with the objective being ‘zero-waste”. Underwhelmed by the proposals, Stuart Hoggard explores what the Circular Economy will mean.

BASF looks to grow Indian market for compostable biodegradable waste bags

BASF Ecovio waste bag
INDIA –
BASF is promoting compostable and biodegradable waste bags made from its ecovio-branded bioplastic as a smart way to manage organic waste in India.

EU proposes Circular Economy legislation

EU proposes Circular Economy legislation
EUROPE –
The European Commission (EC) has adopted a circular economy strategy proposal to establish a common and coherent EU framework to promote the circular economy.

Northern Philippines town tackles packaging waste

Philippines Bontoc trash
PHILIPPINES –
Bontoc, a municipality and capital of Mountain Province in the northern part of the Philippines, has implemented a ban against the sale and usage of plastic bags as packaging for goods.

Plastic waste in marine ecosystems cost US$13bn in damages

Plastic waste off the coast of Sri Lanka. ©The Plastic Oceans Foundation
GLOBAL –
Plastic waste inflicts US$13 billion worth of damage to marine ecosystems each year, according to a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

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