Faerch Plast tests recyclable black CPET

Charlotte Eyre

Published: October 30, 2012 6:00 am ET

Related to this story

Topics Packaging Sustainability Thermoforming Recycling
Companies & Associations

HOLSTEBRO, DENMARK (Oct. 30, 1:45 p.m. ET) — Danish thermoformer Faerch Plast A/S is developing a type of crystalline PET that can be detected by infra red technology in recycling streams, meaning the material can be separated from mixed plastics waste.

“When recycling plastics, companies have infra red cameras to identify what the plastics are,” spokesman Joe Iannidinardo told European Plastics News. “But when the plastic is black light can’t shine through it, meaning it can’t be detected by the cameras.”

Faerch Plast has reformulated its CPET material with a different pigment arrangement. This allows some of the infra red light to reflect back into the cameras, meaning the material can be recycled in mixed waste streams.

The company developed the material at its R&D center in Denmark but is currently testing using the material to manufacture trays for ready meals in the UK, which is the main market for these products. The firm is now carrying out tests with stakeholders, including WRAP and various supermarkets.

“We’re excited about the project because it brings the idea of a closed loop system closer and closer,” said Iannidinardo, adding: “The aim is to have the trays come back to use as flakes, perhaps even three or four times.”

Iannidinardo did not go into detail about how Faerch Plast plans to manufacture the material but says the company aims to make the process “cost neutral” compared to other materials on the market.


Comments

Faerch Plast tests recyclable black CPET

Charlotte Eyre

Published: October 30, 2012 6:00 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Adidas phasing out plastic bag use

April 20, 2015 11:50 am ET

Sporting goods company Adidas AG is phasing out the use of plastic bags in its own retail stores as part of a larger effort raise awareness about...    More

Image

IPL invests in new molding technology at New Brunswick plant

April 20, 2015 3:46 pm ET

IPL Inc. has invested C$2.04 million (US$1.63 million) to produce lighter weight, injection molded containers at its Edmundston, New Brunswick,...    More

Image

Sidel, BMS reach agreement on spindle patent case

April 20, 2015 1:24 pm ET

Sidel Group and Blow Mold Services LLC have reached an agreement in Sidel's patent infringement lawsuit against BMS involving the spindle chain on a...    More

Image

Sonoco sees first quarter sales climb in consumer packaging

April 20, 2015 1:07 pm ET

Sonoco Products Co. saw earnings jump on higher overall sales during the first quarter, including stronger results in the company's consumer...    More

Image

Greif special committee to study 'transformation initiative'

April 20, 2015 12:22 pm ET

Greif Inc., an industrial packaging company that includes plastic containers, is forming a special board committee to help with the company's transfor...    More

Market Reports

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Injection Molding Market Analysis & Processor Rankings

Plastics News BUNDLED package contains our in-depth Market Analysis of the Injection Molding segment. You will gain keen insight on current trends and our economic outlook.

As a BONUS this includes PN's updated 2014 database of North American Injection Molders RANKED by sales volume. Sort, merge, mail & prospect by end market, materials processed, region, # of plants and more.

Learn more

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 15, 2015 - September 17, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events