EAA calls for change to packaging waste law

The European Aluminium Association (EAA) has called for a change in legislation to improve the EU waste rules and increase the availability of scrap for the European recycling industry. “We see recycling as a win-win solution: it helps the environment and helps the European industry to continue producing and providing valuable and innovative end-use products,” […]

Carton sustainability marches on

Can makers are going to have to keep on their toes over the next few months as rival packaging mounts more of a recycling drive. It was a surprise to me that the UK, until last week, had no recycling facilities for cartons at all. They were all shipped abroad to be recycled instead. That […]


Tata Steel profits hit four-year high

Tata Steel has turned around a recent slump in profits to announce a four-year best performance. The steel giant was backed up by a solid performance by its European and Indian operations. Group net income climbed to 11.39 billion rupees (US$186 million) in quarter one three months ending June 30 from 5.98 billion rupees a […]

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Aussie can take back scheme given new lease of life

A can take back scheme pioneered by an Australian state will stay in place after a court ruling. Australia’s Northern Territory Government environment minister, Peter Chandler (pictured) said, back in March this year, the authority would prop up the Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) for two months with taxpayers’ money. However, on Monday (5 August) Chandler, […]

Sonoco reveals environmental progress

Biomass cogeneration is a key part of the global packaging giant Sonoco’s sustainability drive. The company, last week, outlined its progress against voluntary framework of principles and indicators that Sonoco uses to measure and report economic, environmental and social performance. A key initiative for Sonoco continues to be the development of a new US $75 […]

Plastic’s not fantastic

The march of plastics seems to have been in full flow over the past couple of weeks. First the iconic canned meat Spam announced the sale of a plastic tub, then a British Company bought out a plastic “can”. The truth is plastic is not fantastic it’s a poorer version of metal and is worse […]

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“Fundamental” environmental role for steel

The recyclability of steel and its openness about green credentials will help it to play a fundamental role over the next 20 years, delegates at Euro CanTech were told. Alexander Mohr, general secretary of steel manufactures association Apeal, speaking at Euro Cantech last week explained steel has a current recycling rate of 74%. Mohr (pictured) […]


Novelis unveils new line

Aluminium rolling and recycling company Novelis has announced the opening of a new recycling and continuous casting line at its Pieve Emanuele facility in Milan, Italy. The US$15m expansion represents the largest single investment by Novelis in Italy in the past decade and is, according to the company, a key part of its drive to […]

Cash for cans scheme given two-month lifeline

A scheme making drink producers refund cash for returned cans is to be propped up by a local government as a legal dispute threatens to derail it. Australia’s Northern Territory Government environment minister, Peter Chandler (pictured), said the authority would prop up the Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) for two months with taxpayers’ money. The scheme […]


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