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The attention currently devoted to plastics waste in both the public and private sectors is breathtaking. A growing number of international brands have made recycled content commitments for their plastic packaging and related containers. The European Union’s Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy has begun implementing changes to the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive and the UK Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has just released a well-developed plastics packaging taxation…

The Committee on Eco-design and Energy Labelling of Energy–related Products (composed of representatives from all EU countries) has recently approved a draft Commission Regulation facilitating non-proprietary product repair (or “Right to Repair”) for refrigerating appliances, with formal acceptance by the European Union set for April 2019. Draft Commission Regulations containing similar measures for dishwashers and washing machines are currently under review by the Committee on Eco-design and Energy Labelling of Energy–related Products. What Do These…