• Nestle partners with Plastic Energy in first steps for recycling facility in the UK

    By Vending International on October 19, 2020
    Nestlé UK and Ireland has joined forces with Plastic Energy, a major chemical recycling company, with the aim of developing a plant in the UK. The two companies will come together to explore the scope for the first commercial large-scale facility of its kind in the UK. Plastic Energy, which already has two similar recycling plants in Spain, uses and […]
  • Huhtamaki donation helps clean plastics from Indian river

    By Vending International on October 12, 2020
    Global sustainable food packaging leader Huhtamaki is donating €600,000 to fund a project that aims to stop the flow of plastic into the Indian Ocean from the Mithi River in Mumbai, India. The project is one of three initiatives that Huhtamaki has funded as part of its 100-year anniversary to address global sustainability challenges and build and learn from circular […]
  • Mondelez trials digital watermarks for smarter packaging recycling

    By Vending International on October 9, 2020
    Mondelez International has partnered with AIM – the European Brands Association – alongside other European companies and organisations, to trial a pioneering digital technology, to assess whether it could enable better sorting and higher-quality recycling rates for packaging in the EU. One of the biggest obstacles to creating a circular economy is the sorting of post-consumer waste by accurately identifying […]
  • Start of ban on plastic straws and stirrers

    By Vending International on October 5, 2020
    The ban on supplying plastic straws and stirrers and plastic-stemmed cotton buds has come into force in England, marking yet another major step in the Government’s fight against single-use plastic waste to protect our environment and clean up our oceans. Just one month after ministers confirmed the single-use plastic bag charge would be increased to 10p and extended to all […]
  • A new UK partnership to deliver more rPET for Buxton

    By Vending International on September 28, 2020
    One of the UK’s leading recyclers and Nestlé Waters UK have announced a new partnership to further build the circular economy for plastics in the UK. Biffa will be supporting Nestlé Waters UK to achieve its commitment of making every Buxton bottle from 100% recycled PET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate or rPET), by collecting recyclable PET bottles and reprocessing them here […]
  • Veolia launches new plastic recycling report

    By Vending International on July 8, 2020
    A new report titled ‘Examining material evidence – the carbon fingerprint’ highlights the importance of plastic as a material compared to alternatives when examining the carbon emissions. The report, commissioned by Veolia and published by Imperial College, analysed over 70 life-cycle assessments to evaluate the environmental impacts of packaging alternatives over their life-time, including impacts from mining, manufacturing, logistics, usage […]
  • Call to postpone single-use plastics directive

    By Vending International on April 14, 2020
    European Plastics Converters (EuPC) has called on European Commissioners to ‘recast’ or postpone the single-use plastics (SUP) directive, in light of the Covid-19 crisis. In an open letter Alexandre Dangis, EuPC President said: “We would like to draw the attention to the benefits of plastic products and in particular single-use applications during the difficult times we are experiencing at this […]
  • Cadbury launches all paper packaging

    By Vending International on February 11, 2020
    Cadbury has conducted what it described as a ‘world-first’ packaging trial in New Zealand. The paper packaging is made from 100 per cent sustainably sourced paper and is 100 per cent recyclable and was rolled out for the first time in the Cadbury Energy bar and trialled and tested exclusively by New Zealand customers. The trial tested the durability and […]
  • Six in 10 Europeans willing to pay more for reduced plastic packaging

    By Vending International on February 7, 2020
    Six in 10 (62%) European consumers say they would be willing to put their money where their mouth is and pay more for food products that contain less plastic packaging. A similar number (59%) say they sort and recycle more than they did five years ago. When offered a choice between two packaging options for the same quality of product, […]
  • A project for less plastic waste and more education

    By Vending International on January 17, 2020
    DS Smith has donated €50,000 to UNICEF to give African children the education they need and offer financial support to families. The donation will go towards UNICEF’s project in Ivory Coast in which the environment is being relieved of plastic waste and then turned into building bricks for schooling facilities. Future prospects of millions of children in Africa are restricted, […]