Welcome to the Plastics Weekly, NEO’s regular news monitoring of the plastics industry.
Every Monday, we publish a roundup of the top developments in plastics and sustainability – from regulatory changes to company news.
This week’s highlights:
- France will ban the use of plastic packaging for the sale of most fruit and vegetables from January 2022, aiming for a complete phase-out by 2026 to comply with EU environmental goals. The measure by the French government is part of a broader plan adopted in 2019 to eliminate plastic, especially in the food supply chain. (Forbes)
- Oil and gas giant ExxonMobil plans to build its first large-scale plastic waste recycling facility in Texas that is set to become one of the largest such facilities in North America. ExxonMobil will implement its proprietary process for converting plastic waste into raw materials. The company is developing plans to build around 500,000 metric tonnes of advanced recycling capacity globally over the next five years. (Waste Management World)
- Scientists are busy developing biodegradable materials strong enough to replace plastics – ranging from bioplastics made from sugarcane and algae to plastics made of microbes. Others are trying to turn plastic into a tool for tackling climate change by making plastics from greenhouse gases. (The Guardian)