Equipment from Dutch company Bollegraaf Recycling Solutions goes fishing at the head of the stream to remove films.
Optical sorters from Chinese company Hefei Angelon Electronics use the company’s proprietary software to achieve high-purity fractions based on color.
Researchers explore fluorescence to advance food- and drink-container sortation, and an advanced films manufacturer begins closed-loop recycling with customers’ materials.
Equipment companies release innovative optical sortation technologies, and the Association of Plastic Recyclers recognizes research improving recyclability.
Existing sortation equipment at materials recovery facilities could potentially be used to create bales of flexible film packaging, a study found. And an industry group is targeting the material with a grant program.
A facility near London is using a new baffled oscillation technology to separate PP and PE in a water tank, and a study says more rPET could be used in hot-fill containers.
For near infrared sorters, black as a color may not be the problem so much as the type of black pigment used.
A group provides an update on its research into the recycling of multi-material laminated packaging, and post-consumer plastics are being used in a new insulation product.