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Judge limits scope of jury verdict against JM Eagle

December 19, 2014 2:30 pm ET

A federal judge in Los Angeles said Dec. 18 that last year's jury verdict issued against J-M Manufacturing Co. — now JM Eagle — for falsely representing that its PVC pipes uniformly complied with industry standards only applies to the...


Europe puts its 'Circular Economy' recycling effort on hold, for now

December 18, 2014 12:28 pm ET

The European Commission has withdrawn its Circular Economy initiative from its 2015 work program, and will instead replace it with “a new, more ambitious proposal by end 2015.”


Study on ocean plastics turns up some surprises

December 12, 2014 11:53 am ET

WASHINGTON — An estimated 269,000 tons of plastic trash is churning around in the world’s oceans, most of it in pieces no bigger than a grain of rice, according to a new study from the 5 Gyres Institute.


Critics say conditions aren't improving in Chinese toy factories

December 11, 2014 6:02 pm ET

WASHINGTON — Working conditions in Chinese toy factories, most of them plastics related, are not improving, even under the watchful eye of non-governmental organizations and private-sector social auditing, experts told members of Congress on...


Lawsuits: Government pressured Plastindia's move to Gujarat

December 5, 2014 3:10 pm ET

The government of Gujarat — the power base of new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi — pressured the plastics industry to move its Plastindia show from its longtime home in New Delhi to Gujarat.


UK project takes aim at recycling flexible packaging, warns it will take time

December 5, 2014 11:19 am ET

A new United Kingdom project hopes to “significantly improve” the recyclability of flexible packaging and divert more of it away from landfill, although it anticipates it will take at least a decade to reach the point where this figure...


Backers of vetoed Baltimore bag ban vow to bring it back

December 4, 2014 4:30 pm ET

Baltimore's latest attempt at changing the laws for single-use plastic bags has been thwarted yet again, this time at the last minute, by a veto from the mayor.


Canadians now supporting energy generation from waste plastics

December 4, 2014 10:43 am ET

As Canada's capacity to generate energy from waste grows, most of its citizens approve of the trend.


Chinese recyclers feel the pinch from falling oil prices, tight credit

December 4, 2014 10:33 am ET

Plummeting oil prices and tight money are putting the squeeze on recyclers, say attendees of a recent forum held by the China Plastics Processing Industry Association in Guangzhou.


Study predicts sharp increase in bioplastics production by 2018

December 4, 2014 9:16 am ET

European Bioplastics' annual market data update has predicted sharp production capacity rises in the next four years for bioplastics with the figure set to rise to approximately 6.7 million metric tons by 2018.

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