Plastic packaging design is a threat to European Union recycling targets, according to the trade organization Plastics Recyclers Europe. The group is pushing for the widespread adoption of the RecyClass classification system which would aid packaging designers in creating packaging that is designed for recycling. The system is tentatively scheduled to be unveiled at the upcoming Interpack conference in Germany.
An interactive, community-edited map is now available that tracks plastic bag bans and fees across the globe.
ASTM International has released a new standard covering plastic lumber. The ASTM D7568 standard applies to solid, rectangular, structural-grade plastic lumber products where polyethylene constitutes at least 50 percent of the weight, and specifies how such products can be produced.