Carbon black pigment is commonly used to color many plastics. Unfortunately, it also makes the plastic “invisible” at the Material Sorting Facilities (MRFs), absorbing the infrared signature. The equipment uses NIR (Near Infrared) to properly identify the type of plastic and divert it to the proper recycling stream (PP, PE, PET, Other). Plastics that are unidentifiable often end up in landfills or incinerators.
How Badger Color can Help:
Our NIR detectible black formulas are designed to be clearly seen by detection systems, allowing the part to be diverted into the proper stream. What would typically end up in a landfill now can be recycled.
- Excellent mixing/distribution
- Lower Carbon Footprint of the plastic part
- Formulations available for all commonly used plastics (PE, PP, PET, and others)
- Available in Liquid and Pellet concentrates
- Suitable for Food Contact Applications
Our NIR Detectable Black concentrates have received positive results using APR protocols. Testing was performed through several key companies supplying optical sorting machines to recycling facilities in the US and throughout Europe.