Innovative recycling solution for black plastics

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Innovative recycling solution for black plastics

Black plastic packaging is not recyclable through kerbside collections in the UK, or in most other European nations, as its carbon content prevents it from being detected by the sorting systems used in reprocessing facilities.

Original article appeared on Edie.

Several companies have taken moves to address this recyclability gap in recent times, with supermarkets such as LidlWaitrose & Partners and Aldi removing it from their ranges, and others choosing to invest in technologies which either boost the detection capabilities of existing infrastructure or strip the plastic of its pigment.

Following this trend, consumer goods giant Henkel this week confirmed plans to introduce an innovative form of carbon-free black plastic to its packaging portfolio. Developed by plastics colouring technology firm Ampacet, the material is reportedly detectable and sortable in existing waste management facilities across the EU. Henkel will switch to this material for toilet cleaners sold in Germany this month, with the move set to affect other products in other markets before the end of 2019, as it strives to make all of its plastic packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025.

“Recognising that black bottles are one of the central challenges when it comes to the recyclability of used packaging, we want to be part of the solution,” Henkel Laundry & Home Care’s head of international packaging development Vineet Varman said.

“The new material will contribute to closing the loop on plastic packaging in a sustainable way.”

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