A big question arises with the black color of the bottle – isn’t it recyclable?
So, Collectively with its vendor Ampacet, a worldwide provider of masterbatch, Henkel is producing an innovative solution for black plastic packaging which is entirely recyclable. The new black packaging material works an alternative carbon-free black color, allowing used bottles to be integrated back into the value chain. It will be offered for black bottles of home cleaning products.
“Knowing that black bottles are one of the main challenges when it requires for recycling of used packaging. The innovative material will commit to close the loop of packaging sustainably,” says Vineet Varman, Head of International Packaging Development for Special Detergents at Henkel Laundry & Home Care.
Recycling plants do Near Infra-Red (NIR) technology to classify the plastic materials, which is to be recycled. The optical sensors use the reflection of light to detect the substance and sort it accordingly. Black plastic packaging, having of carbon black cannot be recognized and duly sorted by these optical sensors.
REC-NIR-BLACK carbon-black free masterbatch gives a second life for black plastic packaging by providing scanning by near-infrared technology for automatic sorting at recovery facilities. The Ampacet’s REC-NIR-BLACK has been called “Product Technology Innovation of the Year” at the Plastics Recycling Awards Europe 2019 in April.