kp confirms its new product range has been fully tested by experts at RECOUP using real-life conditions where kp Kapture™ products were mixed in with other materials while the recycling facility was operating at full capacity. 200 trays were tested and each one was detected and correctly sorted by NIR. Additionally, rigid films produced by kp that are used for form, fill and seal applications and are thermoformed into trays were also successfully detected and sorted by recycling sorting machine providers TOMRA and PELLENC in France.
Stuart Foster, RECOUP CEO says: “RECOUP assisted kp with successful trials to independently demonstrate the detectability of kp Kapture™ coloured trays using existing sorting technology in UK facilities. This ensures the items in the kp Kapture™ product range can be sorted effectively and prepared for onward recycling.”
Adam Barnett, kp’s Food Packaging President says: “This is another milestone towards meeting our commitments set out in our Positive Plastics Pledge to innovate and accelerate our use of recycled materials and close the loop wherever possible. By creating this new product range of black and coloured carbon-free trays and rigid films that are made using up to 100% post-consumer PET we provide our customers and consumers with another recyclable packaging option. It’s also a powerful contribution to our role as signatories to the UK Plastics Pact and our overall efforts to support the work of initiatives such as The EU Circular Economy Plastics Alliance.
“With increasing urgency for action on climate change mitigation, resource conservation and responsible disposal of plastics, kp Kapture™ is the innovation that is needed to help towards reducing carbon emissions and stop valuable material leaking into our land and marine environment. kp Kapture™ can ensure that tens of thousands of tonnes of black plastic makes its way seamlessly through recycling systems, creating a circular economy, and by developing solutions which close the loop, we can reduce the amount of virgin materials used in plastic production.”