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New NIR sortable masterbatch range helping to reduce the carbon footprint by providing a second life to black packaging.
REC-NIR-Black range is a part of Ampacet's sustainable development program, which features new and innovative solutions that help to protect the environment. Each type of polymer has a near-infrared characteristic signature. Recovery facilities have automated their sorting system by using an optical sensors technology able to recognize specific wave lengths returned by the plastics product. A key limitation to NIR optical sorting is its inability to identify and separate plastics containing carbon black. Carbon black absorbs a significant part of the ultraviolet and infrared spectrum, preventing the reflection of infrared light back to the sensor and consequently blocking the recognition of the resin’s fingerprint by a NIR scan. While most black packaging cannot be sorted by recycling companies and can only be disposed of in a landfill or used for energy recovery, packaging using Ampacet’s NIR sortable masterbatch products can be scanned by near-infrared technology for automated sorting at recovery facilities. Our recent REC-NIR-Black masterbatch solutions are near-infrared (NIR) transparent to allow sorting with near-infrared optical sensors and recycling. This technology enables the reuse, repair and recycling of black packaging waste and allows recyclers to valorise this waste and support the circular economy.