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OPEN LETTER TO GERGE EUSTICE, DEFRA SECRETARY OF STATE
Led by the Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association (BBIA), we have signed an open letter to DEFRA Secretary of State George Eustice, asking him to consider banning the use, sale and distribution in the UK of conventional non-biodegradable plastics containing additives, which are meant to accelerate the fragmentation of plastics into microplastics. The EU Single Use Plastics Directive includes the clause “Member States shall prohibit the placing on the market of … products made from oxo-degradable plastic”. Evidence from DEFRA and the EU refutes the claim that oxo-degradable additives can transform polyolefin plastics into biodegradable plastics, as they merely accelerate the fragmentation of plastics into microplastics.
The letter was signed by eight organisations including RECOUP, ESA, Greenpeace and A Plastic Planet
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CRITICAL INFORMATION: TRADE CREDIT INSURANCE GUARANTEE ANNOUNCED
The government announced yesterday it will provide guarantees of up to £10 billion to Trade Credit Insurance schemes for business-to-business transactions:
- trade credit insurance coverage to be maintained across the market in light of COVID-19, with up to £10 billion government backing
- measures will support thousands of businesses by protecting against customer defaults or payment delays
- scheme is available on a temporary basis for nine months, backdated to 1 April 2020, and available to insurers operating in the UK market
The government says: “The Trade Credit Reinsurance scheme, which has been agreed following extensive discussions with the insurance sector, will see the vast majority of Trade Credit Insurance coverage maintained across the UK.” More here.