Wide world of recycling

Wide world of recycling

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Oct. 10, 2013

Are bio-based bags more or less sustainable than those derived from petroleum and natural gas? A debate on that question leads our roundup of international stories.

The trade association representing EU plastics converters, 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- and natural gas-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.

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.

The U.K diverted more than 8.3 million tons of organic waste in 2012, an increase of approximately 4 percent over 2010, the last year the Waste & Resources Action Program compiled organics diversion data. The nonprofit group's recent report tallied the amount of organics that went to composting, anaerobic digestion and mechanical biological treatment facilities.

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