Welcome to the Plastics Weekly, NEO’s regular news monitoring of the plastics industry.
Every week, we publish a roundup of the top developments in plastics and sustainability – from regulatory changes to company news.
This week’s highlights:
- Global plastic waste production is set to triple by 2060, according to a new report by the OECD. In the absence of new policies, global plastics consumption may rise from 460 million metric tonnes in 2019 to 1.2 billion metric tonnes in 2060. The growth will be fastest in developing and emerging countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. The report projects that almost two-thirds of generated waste will come from short-lived plastic items like packaging, low-cost products and textiles. (Bloomberg Law)
- Dubai is reducing its reliance on single-use plastics with the launch of the “Dubai Can” campaign. In its first stage, the effort will aim to reduce the city’s reliance on single-use plastic bottles by encouraging residents and tourists to use reusable water bottles across 40 new water refill stations in the city. Over 500 public and private sector companies have partnered with the campaign, with many sponsoring their own water fountains. Dubai retailers will also start charging customers for single-use plastic bags from 1 July, with a potential total ban within two years. (Euronews)
- German scientists have found an enzyme that rapidly breaks down PET, the most widely produced plastic in the world, in a potential breakthrough for biodegradable plastics. The enzyme, PHL7, appears to ‘eat’ PET plastic much faster than LCC, a standard enzyme used in current PET plastic-eating experiments. The research team believes that with industry support, technology using PHL7 to break down PET at a large scale could be ready in around four years. (Deutsche Welle)