TAPPI's PLACE Weekly Wrap-Up
June. 1, 2011

US schools recycle more than 2.3 million cans
Packaging Digest
More than 2.3 million aluminum beverage cans by U.S. schools through a new national recycling competition sponsored by the can industry. The recycled cans, totaling more 68,000 lbs, generated more than $34,000 for school activities and other uses.
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Cost of litter on course for £1 billion by 2015
Packaging News
English councils could be spending £1 billion on clearing up litter by 2015, according to Government figures. Figures published, May 27, by the Department for Communities and Local Government, show that the cost for clearing up litter in England has gone up and now stands at £885 million for the year 2009-10.More

In memorium
TAPPI
Ray Edwards recently passed away. Edwards retired from Texas Eastman Company as senior development associate.  

Edwards made significant contributions to the plastics and converting industries through his work in extrusion coating, extraction coating polypropylene, and polyethylene resins. His accomplishments include developing the first commercial polypropylene for extrusion coating applications and disposable hospital sheeting, the first polyethylene compositions for extrusion coating photographic print papers, and the major low density polyethylene for liquid and solid food packaging. He also produced the first extrusion coatable polyethylene and high stress crack resistance and broad heat seal range applications.

He was an active TAPPI member, holding many positions in the PLACE (Polymers, Laminations, Coatings and Extrusions) Division. He has been secretary, vice chairman and chairman of the Extrusion Coating committee and technical program chairman of the Extrusion Coating Course. In addition, Edwards earned 15 patents in extrusion coating and extrusion coating resins and has authored 12 publications, presenting many of them at TAPPI Conferences

Memorial donations can be made to the Henderson Animal Shelter at 2257 HWY 259 S., Henderson, Texas, 75654.More

Britton becomes center of £270 million flexibles multinational
Packaging News
Britton Group's new private equity owner has put the business at the center of a £270 million flexible packaging business with operations in France, Germany and Poland.More

ICC says proposed Australian plain packaging regulation 'bad public policy'
Packaging Digest
The Intl. Chamber of Commerce (ICC) calls on the Australian government to reject proposed regulations requiring tobacco product packaging to be stripped of trademarks and product designs differentiating one brand from another. More

Nampak eyes 50 percent UK growth with milk bottle tender
Packaging News
Nampak has said it is looking to increase its activity in the U.K. plastic milk bottle market as it awaits the outcome of a contract tender for a new super dairy. The packaging firm said that should it net the in-plant contract to supply HDPE bottles to the new dairy, based in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, its U.K. business could leap by more than 50 percent.More

Exilica teams up with Seven for fragrance technology
European Plastics News
U.K.-based technology company Exilica has teamed up with Seven, PZ Cusson's fragrance business, to market technology that creates scented or odor-free polymers. Exilica claims its technology means polymer particles can carry twice their own weight in fragrance and are easily dispersed in standard thermoplastic and liquid polymer compounding processes. Products can be fragranced or, in cases when the manufacturing process creates bad smells, neutralize odor. More

Nestle provides bottled water for relief efforts in Missouri
Packaging Digest
Responding to the tornado in Joplin, Mo., on Sunday, May 22, Nestle Waters North America is working with relief partners - AmeriCares and Gleaning for the World - to deliver 800,000 bottles of water from Nestle Waters' Hawkins and Dallas, bottling facilities to health facilities and other relief centers in Joplin. More

Britvic to cut plastic content in its bottles
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Britvic, the U.K.'s leading producer of soft drinks, plans to use less plastic in bottles containing its brands, including Robinsons and Fruit Shoot, as it attempts to keep a lid on costs.More

PepsiCo rolls out recyclable and compostable foodservice cups
Packaging World
PepsiCo has begun offering five options of recyclable and compostable cups to foodservice customers in the U.S. through company-owned and independent bottler distribution systems. The new offerings consist of fully recyclable clear plastic cups, including an rPET cup containing 20 percent post-consumer recycled content, as well as compostable paper cups and wax cups made with plant-based materials sourced from sustainably managed forests. The fountain-cup portfolio mix is said by PepsiCo to empower foodservice customers - such as restaurants, stadiums, and theme parks, and colleges and universities - to select the right green cup options based on locally available recycling and composting disposal facilities. More

Vision Capital buys Italian packaging company
European Plastics News
London-based investment firm Vision Capital has agreed to buy a majority stake in Bormioli Rocco & Figlio, an Italian manufacturer of plastic packaging and glass housewares.More

Mercury reports 15 percent sales hike
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Mercury Packaging, the Nottinghamshire-based plastic bag producer, has reported a 15 percent increase in sales in the past year. The group said it was set to repeat this performance in 2011, thanks to a new business pipeline worth £1 million.More

Dow pilots recycled plastic-to-energy system
Greener Package
The Dow Chemical Company reports that it has successfully demonstrated the use of recycled plastic to generate energy. The successful pilot test measured how plastic that has been reused and recycled to the full extent possible can be used as fuel for an ultimate end-of-life option instead of going to a landfill for disposal.More

Hershey drop lawsuit against Mars
Packaging Magazine
The confectionery maker The Hershey Co. has dropped the lawsuit against rival company Mars Inc. Hershey had filed a trademark infringement suit last year following allegation that the packaging for Mars Dove bars too closely resembled the orange, brown and yellow of Hershey's Reese's Peanut Butter Cups packaging.More

Ireland consults on packaging tax
Packaging News
The Irish government has started a consultation process with both industry stakeholders and the public on the operation of a possible packaging levy. Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan said no decision had been made on the matter, but the Department of Environment would "examine options" regarding the introduction of a packaging tax, as part of its waste reduction strategy.More

Plastic layer pads: a study in sustainability
Greener Package
Empty bottles and cans arrive at filling plants in unitized loads, on pallets, arranged in tiers, divided by layer pads. The composition of those layer pads is undergoing an accelerating conversion from paper to plastic. The beverage industry is affected in large measure, as are certain categories within the food industry; however, implications extend beyond product applications.More

Danone first to switch to PLA for yogurt cup in Germany
Packaging World
Danone has switched to Ingeo™ PLA from NatureWorks for its Activia brand yogurt in Germany. The new yogurt pack is the result of a close cooperation between Danone, WWF-Germany, and NatureWorks. The switch to the material will improve the product's packaging carbon footprint by 25 percent and will use 43 percent less fossil resources compared to the previous packaging, according to a life-cycle assessment (LCA) study conducted by the Heidelberg-based LCA Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IFEU). More

Russian PET bottle firm offers side order of chips
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Russia's biggest bottle-grade PET production plant, with a nameplate capacity of 220,000 tpa, is now turning out polymer chips in the western Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. The plant, operated by the Russian company JSC Alco-Naphtha, part of Kaliningrad city-based petrochemicals enterprise Mari El Refinery Group, is located in the Kaliningrad Special Economic Zone. More

Nampak hopes to milk UK bottle market
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Nampak, the South African-based packaging group, is looking to increase its activity in the U.K. plastic milk bottle market. If it secures a contract to supply HDPE bottles to a new 'super dairy' Nampak told FoodProductionDaily.com that it could see its U.K. business grow by up to 50 percent.More

Frito-Lay facility receives LEED Gold existing building certification
Greener Package
PepsiCo's Frito-Lay Modesto, Calif., facility has become the state's first food manufacturing site to be awarded LEED® Gold existing building certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), as verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). Frito-Lay North America now has eight certified LEED Gold existing buildings across the country with manufacturing sites in Casa Grande, Ariz., Topeka, Kan., Perry, Ga., Beloit, Wis., Jonesboro, Ark., and Killingly, Conn., along with its Plano, Texas-based headquarters.More