Monthly Archives: September 2017

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29 Sep, 2017

Vegware launches Scotland-wide collections to boost food and compostable packaging recycling

By | September 29th, 2017|Our news|0 Comments

BBIA member Vegware, the Edinburgh compostable packaging manufacturer, has launched ‘Close the Loop’, a new composting collection service for its catering disposables. This new service now means that composting collections are available to businesses across Scotland, taking used Vegware and food waste for industrial composting into high-grade horticultural compost. Launched to mark Recycle Week and [...]

28 Sep, 2017

EAC relaunches inquiry to curb impact of coffee cups and plastic bottles

By | September 28th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) is relaunching its predecessor’s investigation into the impact of disposable drinks packaging on the environment, after the original inquiry was disrupted by the general election. The new inquiry will look at what actions are being undertaken by industry and government to reduce waste generated by takeaway cups and plastic bottles, [...]

28 Sep, 2017

New parliamentary committee membership announced

By | September 28th, 2017|Our news|0 Comments

Membership of Parliament's Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) and Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee has been confirmed following the summer recess. The MPs named on the EAC, which has reopened its inquiry into disposable packaging, are as follows: Mary Creagh (Chair), Labour Dr Thérèse Coffey, Conservative Geraint Davies, Labour Zac Goldsmith, Conservative Caroline Lucas, [...]

25 Sep, 2017

Wrapped in plastic, China’s farmland is suffering

By | September 25th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

Covering soil in plastic has been a boon for agriculture around the world, especially in China, where an area half the size of California is under polyethylene wrap. Farmers cover their land in razor-thin sheets of the translucent white film to trap moisture and heat and to prevent weeds and pests. The so-called [...]

15 Sep, 2017

‘Reinventing plastics – Closing the circle’ conference to inform Commission strategy

By | September 15th, 2017|Our news|0 Comments

The European Commission has organised a conference, 'Reinventing plastics - Closing the circle' (26 September) to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the new strategy for plastics that is under development. The Commission announced that it would be creating a strategy to create a more circular plastics industry at the beginning of the year and published a [...]

12 Sep, 2017

BIOCATNET announces opening of two IB funding calls

By | September 12th, 2017|Our news|0 Comments

Industrial biotechnology network BIOCATNET is opening two funding calls this week (11 September). 5th Proof-of-Concept Call The organisation has announced the launch of the fifth call for BIOCATNET Proof-of-Concept funding, which will fund projects with a total combined value of £200,000, supporting projects in the Network subthemes of Biocatalyst Discovery, Development, and Scale Up. Projects funded under [...]

12 Sep, 2017

Defra publishes draft legislation for microbead ban

By | September 12th, 2017|Our news|0 Comments

Draft legislation for the UK ban on microbeads in rinse off personal care products has been published, alongside separate legislation for the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) committed to banning the manufacture and sale of cosmetics and personal care products containing microbeads last year [...]