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:
- Major U.S. plastic industry groups have joined a lawsuit in Canada to challenge the government’s designation of plastics as toxic ahead of a ban on single-use products. The American Chemistry Council, the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers and the Plastic Industry Association are among those taking part in the legal challenge. (Bloomberg)
- Scotland will ban the sale of plastic straws, cutlery and polystyrene cups and food boxes next year as part of measures to reduce waste and pollution. The measures parallel similar bans in force or planned around the UK, and they’re expected to lead to a boom in compostable and paper-based packaging. (The Guardian)
- U.S. superstore chain Meijer has partnered with Dow to use new paving technology using recycled plastic bags to create a parking lot at one of its store locations. The recycled polymer modified asphalt (RPMA) parking lot uses approximately 12,500 pounds of post-consumer recycled plastic (PCR), which is the equivalent weight of 944,000 plastic grocery bags. (Recycling Today)