Plastic bag charge to increase to 10p in all shops in England

The change aims to further reduce the volume of plastic waste generated from the plastic bag sales

Scientists turn plastic bags, yogurt containers, plastic bottles into jet fuel

The breakthrough research is believed to provide a solution to the alarming issue of hard-to-recycle plastics

‘World’s first’ facility to recycle all forms of plastic waste to be built in Teesside

The plant, which is expected to be operational in 2022, is predicted to process 80,000 tonnes of plastic waste a year

UK’s landfills ‘squeezed by 300m toothpaste tubes every year’

A new report suggests the aluminium lined found in many tubes makes them ‘a recycling nightmare’

Nigeria partners with World Economic Forum to fight plastic pollution

In 2018, Nigeria was estimated to have discharged around 200,000 tonnes of plastic waste into the ocean per year, while its annual plastics production is projected to grow to 523,000 tonnes by 2022

UK plastic recycling ‘could more than triple by 2030’

The British Plastics Federation projects exports of plastic waste could more than halve and the UK could eliminate reliance on low quality exports within the next decade

Ban on single-use plastics starts in Mexico City

The city’s government passed the ban on disposable plastic items in 2019 but it has just come into force

Innovative graphene-biopolymer ‘could render plastic packaging obsolete’

Toraphene notes the innovative new material is biodegradable, compostable and commercially-viable

New £20m UK investment to tackle plastic waste in developing nations

UK Research and Innovation is supporting partnerships with researchers across 11 countries: China, Chile, Egypt, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Peru, Malawi, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Vietnam

Enviroo unveils plans for £20m recycling facility

The facility will take PET – the main material used for food and drinks packaging such as plastic bottles and certain food packaging – and convert it into raw materials for new food-grade packaging, without any waste