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Indian state Maharashtra bans certain types of plastics and implements a DRS
by Emma Mundy at 10:10 in Emerging, Environmental, Packaging

Maharashtra, India's second most populous state is banning certain types of disposable plastic. A plastic ban has been introduced in the state through the Maharashtra Plastic and polystyrene Products (Manufacture, Usage, Sale, Transport, Handling and Store) Notification, 2018, which was published under the Maharashtra Non-biodegradable Garbage (Control) A...

Wind up of MHSW program in Ontario
by Ellen Thornton at 14:22 in Content, Emerging, Environmental

On 12 April 2018, the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change issued direction to Stewardship Ontario to wind up the Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW) Program by December 31st, 2020. Materials collected under the MHSW program will be managed according to an individual producer responsibility framework under the Resource Recovery and Circu...

New EPR Regulations announced in Brazil
by Ellen Thornton at 19:03 in Battery, Emerging, Packaging, WEEE

On 3 April, The Sao Paulo State environment agency (CETESB) issued Decision No. 076/2018/C establishing the integration of take-back requirements into the environmental permitting procedure. Manufacturers, importers, distributors and sellers of certain products may only be issued environmental operation permits after compliance with take-back regulations ...

New EPR Regulation in Mozambique
by Ellen Thornton at 10:41 in Emerging, Environmental, Packaging

The Decree 79/2017, of 28 December 2017, approving the Regulation on the Extended Responsibility of Producers and Importers of Packaging, was approved by the Council of Ministers and came into force on 29th December 2017. The Regulation applies to all public and private entities, natural or legal persons engaged in the production, import and management of...

Germany Packaging Act changes
by Emma Mundy at 14:45 in Environmental, Packaging

If you're used to reading our regular updates you will already be aware that the German Packaging Act is changing from January 2019. This short blog aims to give you the low down on some of the important changes that may affect you and what you need to prepare for in the next 8 months.

Germany WEEE legislative Changes
by Emma Mundy at 13:01 in Environmental, WEEE

​As with other EU countries, on 15 August numerous legislative changes to the German WEEE Act ElektroG will come into force. This blog aims to inform you of the changes and if you need to act. From 15 August 2018 Open Scope will be applicable in Germany under ElektroG, from this time all electrical and electronic equipment will fall into scope of the WEEE...

Implementation of 2018 Open Scope WEEE
by Ellen Thornton at 09:54 in WEEE, Emerging

The EU WEEE Directive (Directive 2012/19/EU) introduced a number of changes to the original Directive (Directive 2002/96/EC), including an "Open Scope" of 6 revised categories instead of the previous 10, which according to the Directive are to be introduced from 15 August 2018. The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive, which was m...

What happened when Lorax gave up plastic for lent
by Ellen Thornton at 09:46 in Packaging, Environmental

Here at Lorax, in an effort to reduce our use of plastic, we took part in Plastikfasten. This involved aiming to give up or reduce the amount of plastic we use during the 40 days of Lent. As part of the challenge, we collected any plastic used in the office as well as collecting and weighing any plastic each of us used at home.

UK Government announces introduction of a deposit return scheme in England
by Ellen Thornton at 10:17 in Emerging, Packaging, Environmental

Today, the government has announced it will introduce a deposit return scheme in England for single use drinks containers, subject to a consultation later this year. The consultation will cover details of how the scheme would work, alongside other measures to increase recycling rates. Environment Secretary Michael Gove said-

Amendments to circular economy draft opinion
by Ellen Thornton at 11:04 in Circular Economy, Emerging, Environmental, Packaging

On the 8th March, the European Parliament published amendments to the Cohesion policy and the circular economy draft opinion​. ​​​​​The amendments include numerous changes and several new paragraphs concerning implementation of the circular economy in Member States and the impact of China’s new restrictions.

Canada: CSSA packaging compliance update
by Ellen Thornton at 12:57 in Emerging, Packaging

The Canada Stewardship Services Alliance (CSSA) is a packaging scheme which obligates producers, or stewards, in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan. These are legal obligations under the provincial packaging and printed paper (PPP) materials recycling regulations​. Stewards can be retailers, restaurants, importers, manufacturers, governm...

Belgium: Fost Plus packaging compliance update
by Ellen Thornton at 10:20 in Packaging, Emerging

Fost Plus is a packaging compliance scheme in Belgium. There are different types of decarations depending on your company, sector and the type of packaging you bring to the market. Companies with a turnover below €15 million on the Belgium market for household packaging can make a lump-sum declaration. Companies that fulfil a number of conditions and brin...

Belgium: Val-i-pac packaging compliance update
by Ellen Thornton at 09:54 in Packaging

Val-i-pac is a Belgian packaging compliance scheme which covers industrial packaging waste. Companies who produce less than 5 tonnes of packaging per year can submit a simplified declaration instead of the ordinary declaration. Any company that uses 10 tonnes or more of packaging while selling its products in Belgium has a legal obligation to submit a pre...

Finland: packaging compliance update
by Ellen Thornton at 09:51 in Packaging, Emerging

Rinki is the packaging compliance scheme in Finland. Only producers with an annual turnover exceeding €1 million are obligated. Recyclable plastic bottles, beverage cans and glass bottles have a deposit associated and hence aren’t charged a recycling fee.

Belgium: battery compliance update
by Ellen Thornton at 09:39 in Battery, Emerging

Bebat is the Belgium scheme for battery reporting. Companies who place less than 10,000 batteries on the market per year can report annually using the simplified declaration, otherwise they must report monthly. The simplified declaration means you only have to submit one declaration per year for the number of batteries you put onto the market (individuall...

The EU Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference Blog
by Ellen Thornton at 08:41 in Circular Economy, Emerging, Environmental

On the 20th and 21st February, the European Commission held an EU Stakeholder Conference on the circular economy. The conference aimed to address the challenges and opportunities in delivering the circular economy through plenary sessions, a number of break out sessions and keynote speeches.

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