Luxus sorts a plastic problem for all manufacturers

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 19 Apr 2018

LOUTH technical compounder Luxus, has launched a rapid coloured polymer analysis service that tests for ‘end-of-life’ recyclability. 

It enables producers to discover for the first time if the plastic packaging or products they make can be detected via near-infrared sorting.

Each year in the UK 3.5 million tonnes of plastics go to landfill because black and coloured plastic cannot be detected by recyclers, due to it absorbing the infrared radiation, offering little reflectance that renders them ‘invisible’ to sensors.

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Peter Atterby, managing director at Luxus, said: “Design for recyclability is an urgent priority for producers. This unique service offers the ability to quickly assess if any coloured plastic item produced can be detected and if not, we will offer a colour matched infrared detectable alternative.”

Anything from black shampoo bottles to yellow yogurt pots and brown coffee pods can be analysed.

Supporting this innovative service is a new spectrophotometer capable of reading solar reflectance in the NIR spectrum. 

Mr Atterby said: “Our service represents a real ‘game changer’ for brand owners and product designers. 

“We are able to clearly identify pigment mixes given a near-infrared footprint and then expertly assess every possible colourant combination to meet the challenge of finding the closest and most economically viable colour match for designers, satisfying both aesthetic and plastics pollution concerns.”



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