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News round-up 19/6

BPF hits back at Times’ plastic story; Accent Wire acquires rival; Carpet conference’s connections; Greens target sustainable Glastonbury

BPF hits back at Times’ plastic story 

The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has responded to a front-page article in The Times this week entitled ‘Everyday plastics plunge men into fertility crisis’.

A letter to the editor from the  BPF has been published in the paper.

The BPF’s response called the article “ misleading” and said it had potentially dangerous consequences. It said regulations such as REACH ensured a rigorous evaluation and testing of chemical substances.

A statement from the federation said: “The BPF takes a firm position on misleading stories about plastics in the media and endeavours to protect the interests of the UK Plastics Industry.”

Press Release

Accent Wire acquires rival

Accent Wire, the largest supplier of specialist machinery and wires to the waste and recycling industry worldwide, is to acquire of Penistone Wire, a UK competitor.

Accent says this will allow it to consolidate its position in the UK market.

Currently in contract finalisation, the acquisition should be completed by the 30 June.

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Carpet conference’s connections

Carpet Recycling UK’s seventh Annual Conference in Birmingham outlined the importance of making sustainable products and the need to rethink how carpets are designed.

The one-day event was sponsored by Invista, manufacturers of Antron Carpet Fibres.

The industry-backed association for recycling and reusing waste carpet reported 400,000 tonnes of waste arisings each year in the UK.

Press release

Greens target sustainable Glastonbury

The Green Party’s youth wing, the Young Greens, is to send a team of 100 to this year’s Glastonbury Festival as part of a sustainability project.

Three areas will be set up in Pennard’s Hill camping field with workshops to create art out of waste, performances and act as community hubs. 

Each area is experimenting with different solutions to collecting community waste and recycling.

Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party of England and Wales, said: “The power of community is fundamental in tackling climate change. We hope that this pilot will demonstrate the actions, however small, that everyone can take towards living a low-impact lifestyle and make their communities more sustainable and better places to be.”

Press release

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