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Plastics Weekly: UK Confirms Single-Use Plastics Ban

Editorial Staff
Jan 9, 2023

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:

  • The UK government has confirmed plans to ban single-use plastic items like cutlery, plates and trays in a bid to reduce pollution. England uses about 1.1 billion single-use plates and 4.25 billion pieces of cutlery per year, only 10% of which get recycled, figures show. The response to the consultation on proposals to ban commonly littered single-use plastic items will reportedly be released on Saturday. (The Guardian)
  • Israel’s new government will abandon the country’s tax on single-use plastic plates and utensils, the country’s finance minister said on Sunday. The move, which is taking place despite global efforts to reduce plastic waste, comes after religious parties said that the tax unfairly targeted Orthodox communities that frequently use disposable plastic cutlery and other products. (Reuters)
  • Researchers project that emissions from plastic will exceed 2.5 billion metric tonnes by 2050 if current growth rates and production methods remain unchanged. Producing a variety of plastic requires a wide range of chemical additives, which all ultimately come from fossil fuels and emit pollution across every stage of their life cycle. This report looks at the climate impact of the world’s insatiable plastic addiction. (Bloomberg Green)

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