Northern Indian state bans booze in PET bottles 

By Satnam Singh, Plastics NewsPosted 22 March 2011 12:30 pm GMTThe government of the Indian hill state of Himachal Pradesh has decided to do away with plastic liquor bottles beginning 1 April.Last year the government imposed a partial ban on PET liquor bottles, according to Bhim Sen, principal secretary for excise and taxation, in a telephone interview from the state capital of Shimla. The aim, he said, is to reduce the use of plastics in day-to-day life.“Plastic and PET bottles have been completely banned. Till last year it was 50 per cent each for plastic and glass bottles,” Sen said. “Besides environmental issues, the move would also curb smuggling of liquor in PET bottles, which much easier compared to smuggle it in glass bottles.”

Chinese demand for paper and plastics slows  

22 March 2011By Chris SloleyUK exporters of recovered plastics and paper may find it increasingly difficult to trade with China, as the country begins to galvanise its domestic collection and reprocessing infrastructure.That is the headline finding of the Waste & Resources Action Programme’s (WRAP) latest market report on the Chinese markets for recovered paper and plastics.The 2011 report, published yesterday (March 21), builds on the 2009 report, which indicated that the Chinese market for recovered paper and plastic was responding positively following the 2008 economic downturn (see story).