You are here : News > News
Black Trays

EU funding for black plastic sorting technology

Posted on 16 August 2017

Plastics recycler Luxus, Nordic processor Polykemi and plastics manufacturer One51 have secured a £1.29m investment from the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme for a project to sort black plastic waste.

Horizon 2020 programme “promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market”.


Black plastic cannot be identified by most sorting systems

The funding will go towards a two-year project aimed at replacing carbon black and many other pigments with near-infrared (NIR) detectable alternatives.

At present black plastic packaging – usually in the form of ready meal trays – is coloured using carbon black pigments, which do not enable the pack to be sorted by the existing optical sorting systems used widely in plastics recycling as the black pigment reflects little or no light.


Read more: