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Oct. 9, 2013

The U.K.'s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is pitching in 20,000 pounds (approximately $32,000) to help fund a "Plastic Matters" campaign that aims to boost plastics recycling in the nation. The initiative is being run by U.K. plastics recycling nonprofit group Recoup.

PVC Recycling, a U.K. firm that focuses on diverting PVC plastic from construction waste streams, received 500,000 pounds ($804,000) in financial backing from London-based 350 Investment Partners. The company plans to use the cash infusion to develop "satellite depots" and increase exports.

EU plastics converters trade association EuPC recently issued a statement to warn against what it says are overinflated claims by supporters of bio-based plastic bags. The group says that calling bio-based products more sustainable than their petroleum-based counterparts fails to take water consumption, recyclability and litter into consideration. The statement came in response to a European Bioplastics position paper that advocated banning or taxing petroleum-based bags.

As the fight over the future of plastic bag use in Europe rolls on, one company recently pointed out that the terms "biodegradable" and "compostable" are being confused and misused by public officials discussing possible legislation in the sector. Wells Plastics is calling for "a more transparent debate on the subject."

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