As more companies move towards using biopolymers in packaging, some are considering hemp as a potential biomass source. In our cover story, we find out if this ‘wonder crop’ can make an impact in the world of bioplastic.
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Elsewhere, awareness of ocean-bound plastic has heightened over recent years but some still have concerns about its quality, collection processes, and cost. We find out about the efforts being made to build trust within the sector.
It’s been 30 years since the signing of the Basel Convention and as we enter 2021, the amendments to the international treaty on hazardous waste are now in place. In this issue, we hear from those in the recycling and plastics sector to learn what the reaction has been to the changes.
Similarly, in light of the British Plastics Federation’s new recycling roadmap for 2030, we learn how a holistic approach to recycling is essential in order to reach the targets that have been set.
Lastly, across the pond, the US often finds its recycling infrastructure under the spotlight. We look into the state of the recycling landscape in ‘the land of the free’, asking how it can be improved.
In this issue
A taxing problem: producing packaging with recycled plastics
From 2022, businesses in the UK will have to pay tax on every tonne of plastic packaging they use that does not contain a significant amount of recycled content. Geoff Lu, general manager and VP Europe at Selig, a global provider of induction heat seals, outlines the commercial and technical challenges they will face as they look to use more recycled plastic in their packaging.
What’s the reaction to the Basel Convention amendments?
Following the recent amendments to the Basel Convention, Jessie Paige hears the reaction from recycling experts to find out about what the changes to the treaty, which regulates the disposal of hazardous wastes, means for UK-based companies.
A poor state of recycling: challenges in the US
Environmental concerns are global, but the US in particular often finds its recycling infrastructure under the spotlight. Jessie Paige looks into how recycling works in the US, what challenges it faces, and how these challenges can be overcome.
The perfect storm for a recycling paradigm shift
In light of the BPF’s new recycling roadmap, Professor Edward Kosior, managing director at Nextek, highlights how a holistic approach to recycling is essential in order to reach the targets that have been set.
Building trust in ocean plastics
Awareness of ocean-bound plastic has heightened over recent years, as have efforts to collect, recycle and reuse it. However, many brands and manufacturers still have concerns about its quality, collection processes, and cost that are potentially hindering the scalability of the market. Heidi Vella speaks to the companies working to build trust within the sector.
Is there potential in hemp for bioplastics?
As more companies move towards biopolymers as an alternative to fossil-fuel-based plastic, some are considering hemp as a potential biomass source, but can this ‘wonder crop’ make an impact in the world of bioplastic? Heidi Vella investigates.
Next issue preview
In the May issue, we’ll be focusing on metals in packaging as we ask: could the new Deposit Return Scheme in the UK impact the metal packaging manufacturing industry?
There have been a few high-profile trials of aluminium cups in the foodservice and entertainment sectors recently ‑ but do the pros really outweigh the cons compared to paper or plastic cups? We find out.
We also look into the new roadmap for aluminium in the US following the start of the Biden administration, the boom in metal takeaway packaging thanks to lockdown, the rise of canned wine, and much more.
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