UK: In-market trial to significantly increase black CPET tray recycling

08 September 2014

A consortium of organisations from the UK’s packaging, retail and recycling industries has launched an in-market trial programme aimed at significantly increasing the number of black CPET trays that are recycled. Whilst the trays are recyclable, the black colour of the tray is not detectable with Near Infra Red (NIR) optical sorting equipment at plastic sorting facilities.
WRAP has worked with industry experts to identify a new type of black CPET tray, using alternative colourant, which sorting trials have shown to be able to be detected and separated for recycling. The project team will now seek to prove the effectiveness of these new trays (Press Release Kent County Council, 3 July 2014).
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Click here for more information about the trial (205 kB).

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