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This week a new report from Australia’s Minderoo Foundation revealed just 20 companies are responsible for producing more than half of all the single-use plastic waste in the world. Among the global businesses responsible are both state-owned and multinational corporations, including oil and gas giants and chemical companies, according to the new analysis.

Meanwhile, the UK’s practice of exporting its plastic waste to Turkey for recycling came under intense scrutiny as it was revealed it was being illegally dumped at the side of roads and in fields.

As a result Turkey will now ban plastic waste imports, with anti-plastic campaigners warning the UK Government that it must start dealing with its waste on home soil.

As always, we hope you enjoy reading.

John Higginson
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Just 20 firms behind more than half of single-use plastic waste

Just 20 companies are responsible for producing more than half of all the single-use plastic waste in the world, new research reveals. Among the global businesses responsible for 55 percent of the world’s plastic packaging waste are both state-owned and multinational corporations, including oil and gas giants and chemical companies, according to the new analysis from Australia’s Minderoo Foundation. The Plastic Waste Makers index reveals for the first time the companies who produce the polymers that become throwaway plastic items, from face masks to plastic bags and bottles, which at the end of their short life pollute the oceans or are burned or thrown into landfill.

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Turkey bans plastic waste imports after UK packaging found dumped

Turkey will ban imports of plastic waste after it was revealed UK household plastics had been dumped illegally by the roadside and in fields. Trade chiefs in Ankara have added ethylene polymer plastics – including shampoos, detergent bottles, and plastic film and bags – to its list of waste materials whose importation is illegal. With Turkey the latest country to reject the UK’s plastic, campaigners warned the British Government it is running out of countries to send its waste to and must instead look to deal with it in the UK.

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WRAP calls on retailers to collect plastic bags

Resources charity WRAP has called on supermarkets to collect all types of plastic bags and wrapping for sorting and recycling. The NGO launched new guidance to help retailers introduce consistent collections for flexible plastic packaging and help divert more from landfill or incineration. Flexible plastic packaging includes items such as salad bags, crisp packets, biscuit wrappers, bread bags and frozen food bags.

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Amazon shareholders to vote on packaging materials

Amazon’s investors could soon force it to reveal how much plastic it mails to customers around the world each year. A shareholder resolution set to be voted on later this month would require the e-commerce giant to publicly disclose its plastic use. If successful, environmentalists say the public pressure resulting from more transparency could drive a broader shift in the booming global e-commerce industry away from harmful plastic packaging.

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Hubbub and Coca-Cola Foundation launch robot pirate ship river clean up

Two robot pirate ships set sail in London’s Docklands to mark the launch of the Treasure Your River campaign. Billed as the UK’s largest ever collaborative push to reduce the amount of litter entering Britain’s waterways, the campaign aims to remove 95 tonnes of litter and prevent a further 90 tonnes from entering seven of the UK’s vital river systems that are home to a wide array of wildlife. The campaign is being run by environmental charity Hubbub and supported by The Coca-Cola Foundation.

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