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France reclassifies recovered paper as product instead of waste under its end-of-waste law, potentially streamlining exports; recovered paper must meet European EN 643 standards, such as being good quality, containing non-paper contents at maximum of 1.5%

Franchised dealers key to EV transition in US, as dealers provide financing, maintenance, education on operating EVs, says NADA spokesman in US House hearing; trade group urges non-proprietary, publicly financed EV charging stations and standardization

European Commission launches public consultation on biobased, biodegradable and compostable plastics aiming to prepare for policy framework; goal of new framework is to address sustainability challenges related to their use

Borouge enters agreement with Alliances for Global Sustainability to support UAE ambitions of adopting circular economy; Borouge will leverage its Borouge Innovation Centre to promote and explore opportunities for the circular economy

Advocacy groups sue EPA in federal court over loopholes that allow US chemical plants, military bases to avoid reporting PFAS emissions; 39 facilities reported producing, processing more than 100 lb. of PFAS in 2020, far short of known national production

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January 04, 2022


Climate Change

Forestry and Land Scotland survey of 1,000 people finds 80% agree Scottish Highlands should be reforested; more than 90% support productive forestry to help mitigate climate change and for Scotland to become more self-sufficient in timber production
Forestry and Land Scotland (01/03)

UNEP names three countries--Pakistan in Asia-Pacific region, Congo from African region, Costa Rica from American region--as Forestry Champions in recognition of their efforts to increase their forest covers to counter impacts of climate change
Pro Pakistan (01/03)

 Recycling & Waste

Recyclable/Recycled Materials

New legislation in Lithuania comes into force, including a ban of certain disposable plastic products and all aerobically degradable plastic products on the market, and new tax rates for recyclable and non-recyclable packaging
TendersInfo - News (01/03)

 Logistics & Supply Chain

Logistics, Shipping & Delivery

South Dakota state agencies update SDTruckInfo website, adding trucking information such as special load permits, emergency notices, carrier regulations; newly designed website boasts better organization, more content, easier navigation
US Official News (01/03)

 Food & Beverage

Packaged Foods

Argentinian government bans export of seven cuts of meat until the end of 2023; the banned meats include roast with or without bone, skirt, matambre, roast topside, buttock, shoulder and vacuum
CE Noticias Financieras (01/03)

US government announces US$1B in aid to independent meat and poultry producers, as it aims to undercut the four powerful meat producers the government alleges are responsible for surging consumer prices
USA Today (01/03)

Non-Alcoholic Beverages

'Nutri-Grade' beverages sold in Singapore in pre-packed form and from automatic beverage dispensers will be subject to new labeling requirements and advertising prohibitions, effective Dec. 30, 2022
ForeignAffairs.co.nz (01/03)

Alcoholic Beverages

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signs legislation allowing home brewers to make beer or wine without a liquor permit, serve it on private property and host events where their products are served
Springfield News-Sun (01/03)

 Health & Safety

Health Care & Wellness

Covidian, part of Medtronic, recalls Puritan Bennett 980 Series Ventilator due to manufacturing assembly error; recalled devices were distributed between February 23, 2017 and April 4, 2020
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (01/03)


Pfizer and BioNTech announce FDA has expanded Emergency Use Authorization for booster dose of COVID-19 Vaccine to include individuals age 12 and older
Pfizer Inc. (01/03)

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Agricultural Products & Raw Foods

India appeals WTO trade dispute settlement panel, which ruled that the country's domestic support measures for sugar and sugarcane are inconsistent with global trade norms
Business Line (01/03)

European Commission allocates €185.9M in 2022 for the promotion of EU agri-food products both globally and in Europe
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) (01/03)

Building Products & Wood

Family-owned hardwood sawmill Deer Park Lumber will invest US$10M to expand and modernize its manufacturing facility in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania; project will add eight jobs and retain 74 jobs over next three years, supported by state funding proposal
Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (01/03)


EPA grants petition from six North Carolina advocacy groups, ordering companies to conduct testing of certain PFAS; in the near term, order would require testing on 30 of the 54 chemicals in the petition
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (01/03)


Montana reaches goal to more than double number of forested acres put under active management in 2021; Montana Dept. of Natural Resources and Conservation placed collective 25,000 forested acres under management in 2021, up from about 11,000 acres in 2020
Montana.gov (01/03)

Forestry and Land Scotland introduces biodegradable tree shelters made from biomass-derived, biodegradable polymers; FLS worked with Cheviot Trees to find alternative to some 200,000 single-use, plastic tree shelters used each year to protect seedlings
Forestry and Land Scotland (01/03)

Conservation groups win lawsuit against US Forest Service to halt 24,000-acre Stonewall logging, road-building project on public lands near Lincoln, Montana; lawsuit centered on concerns about elk habitat, grizzly bear protection in Helena National Forest
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle (01/03)

Packaging & Containers

Peru’s tax for buying plastic bags rises to 0.40 soles from 2022, up from 0.30 soles in 2021; a final increase of 0.10 soles will be from 2023 onwards, making the tax 0.50 soles
CE Noticias Financieras (01/03)

France’s ban on plastic packaging for fruit and vegetables comes into force on Jan. 1; full legislation will not be applied until 2026, allowing firms to adapt, and six months has also been granted to use up existing plastic packaging stocks
AFP World News (01/03)

Paper, Pulp & Cellulose

US Patent and Trademark Office issues trademark to Lenzing for Veocel brand fiber; Trademark Application Serial Number 90150232
US Fed News (01/03)

EPA fines New-Indy US$1.1M and orders company to make improvements at its mill in Catawba, South Carolina, to prevent hydrogen sulfide release; fine, order not final and are subject to public comment for 30 days before judge authorizes enforcement
State (01/03)

UPM threatens to fine Finnish Paperworkers' Union €2.0M for strikes, according to District Court of Helsinki; court rejects UPM's request to impose security measure during strikes to guard company's wastewater treatment, district heating operations
M-Brain Nordic News (01/03)

Tobacco, Cannabis & Derivatives

Recent California legislation will create strict standards for quality testing of cannabis including pesticides, potency and other contaminants; standards will be established by 2023
dot.LA (01/03)

Macro Economics

Consumer Economics

Bloomberg: World economic risks for 2022 include omicron, sticky inflation, Fed lift-off, euro crisis, rising food prices; things that may go better than expected include governments keeping fiscal support, pandemic savings funding global spending splurge
CE Noticias Financieras (01/03)


California law designed to prevent the warehousing industry from overworking employees comes into force Jan. 1; law prohibits the use of monitoring systems that thwart basic worker rights such as rest periods, bathroom breaks and safety
Daily Herald (01/03)

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Motley Fool: Gannett had nice run in 2021, with stock up 75% at year's end but still down from pre-Covid levels; publisher could see turnaround in 2022 amid new revenue streams, helpful legislation as US lawmakers propose several bills to help journalism
The Motley Fool (01/03)