Plastics groups to cooperate on marine debris issue 

By Mike Verespej, Plastics NewsPosted 23 March 2011 11:47 am GMTWithout detailing any specific new initiatives, 47 global plastics associations, including PlasticsEurope, pledged 22 March to work in partnership with others to develop solutions to marine debris globally.The associations, which represent groups in 26 countries, did not outline any new actions they planned to take to address what they said were the largest contributors to marine debris — “poor or insufficient inadequate waste management infrastructure, lack of sufficient recycling/recovery, and bad practices such as land and marine litter”.Rather, the 47 associations said that they wanted to work with governments, non-government organisations, researchers, and other stakeholders to prevent marine litter.

The European PET Bottle Platform (EPBP)  

PETPlanet Insider, March 2011The European PET Bottle Platform was formed by the European Association of Plastics Recycling and Recovery Organisations (EPRO), the European Plastics Recyclers (EuPR), PET Containers Recycling Europe (Petcore), the Union of European Beverages Association (UNESDA) and the European Federation of Bottled Water (EFBW), with the main objective of evaluating packaging technologies and products and to facilitate PET bottle innovation, whilst minimising the economic and environmental consequences for recycling PET in Europe.Members of the platform’s evaluation group are experienced Technical experts from the whole PET value chain. They are tasked to evaluate novel technologies, materials and PET structures to verify their effect not only on the PET bottle recycling process but also on the PET chain.  It will do so by promoting the recyclability of PET bottles on the market by: