Sorting Plastic Packaging … forFun & Profit              Nick Cliffe        Closed Loop Recycling            www.closedloo...
Why sort?            www.closedlooprecycling.co.uk
Why sort?            www.closedlooprecycling.co.uk
Why sort?            Value              www.closedlooprecycling.co.uk
Why sort?            Customer requirements              www.closedlooprecycling.co.uk
Why sort?            Specialised reprocessing              www.closedlooprecycling.co.uk
Why just plastic bottles? Plastic Bottles              =              +             www.closedlooprecycling.co.uk
Primary SortingAt point of collection            Kerbside Sort          ComingledQUALITY                                  ...
+ve and –ve sorting            www.closedlooprecycling.co.uk
+ve and –ve sorting            www.closedlooprecycling.co.uk
Man vs. Machine           www.closedlooprecycling.co.uk
Near Infra-Red Spectra for PET – source: Spectral Database (SDBS) National Institute of Advance Industrial Science & Techn...
www.closedlooprecycling.co.uk
Density Separation    PP 0.85 / 0.95   HDPE 0.94 / 0.96      Water 1.0    PS 1.03 - 1.06   PVC 1.32 - 1.42   PET 1.35 - 1....
Flake sorting• Colour cameras• NIR systems• Laser Raman  Spectroscopy                   www.closedlooprecycling.co.uk
Flake sorting                www.closedlooprecycling.co.uk
Shape recognition            www.closedlooprecycling.co.uk
Shape recognition                            • Part recognition                                   – Shape                 ...
Coded Packaging - consumers            www.closedlooprecycling.co.uk
Coded packaging - machinesItem                          Marker A                          Marker BClear PET Bottle        ...
Conclusion• We want to recycle all plastic packaging• To do this we need both infrastructure and  smart packaging• Most of...
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Nick Cliffe - Closed Loop Recycling at EMERGE AGM

  1. 1. Sorting Plastic Packaging … forFun & Profit Nick Cliffe Closed Loop Recycling www.closedlooprecycling.co.uk
  2. 2. Why sort? www.closedlooprecycling.co.uk
  3. 3. Why sort? www.closedlooprecycling.co.uk
  4. 4. Why sort? Value www.closedlooprecycling.co.uk
  5. 5. Why sort? Customer requirements www.closedlooprecycling.co.uk
  6. 6. Why sort? Specialised reprocessing www.closedlooprecycling.co.uk
  7. 7. Why just plastic bottles? Plastic Bottles = + www.closedlooprecycling.co.uk
  8. 8. Primary SortingAt point of collection Kerbside Sort ComingledQUALITY COST www.closedlooprecycling.co.uk
  9. 9. +ve and –ve sorting www.closedlooprecycling.co.uk
  10. 10. +ve and –ve sorting www.closedlooprecycling.co.uk
  11. 11. Man vs. Machine www.closedlooprecycling.co.uk
  12. 12. Near Infra-Red Spectra for PET – source: Spectral Database (SDBS) National Institute of Advance Industrial Science & Technology www.closedlooprecycling.co.uk
  13. 13. www.closedlooprecycling.co.uk
  14. 14. Density Separation PP 0.85 / 0.95 HDPE 0.94 / 0.96 Water 1.0 PS 1.03 - 1.06 PVC 1.32 - 1.42 PET 1.35 - 1.38 www.closedlooprecycling.co.uk
  15. 15. Flake sorting• Colour cameras• NIR systems• Laser Raman Spectroscopy www.closedlooprecycling.co.uk
  16. 16. Flake sorting www.closedlooprecycling.co.uk
  17. 17. Shape recognition www.closedlooprecycling.co.uk
  18. 18. Shape recognition • Part recognition – Shape – Colour • Label matching – Known – Unknown – Label database www.closedlooprecycling.co.uk
  19. 19. Coded Packaging - consumers www.closedlooprecycling.co.uk
  20. 20. Coded packaging - machinesItem Marker A Marker BClear PET Bottle - -Natural HDPE bottle - - Natural HDPE bottle –detergent - Clear PP packaging – foodproduct -  Clear PP packaging – nonfood product Clear PET Bottle with nylonbarrier layer - www.closedlooprecycling.co.uk
  21. 21. Conclusion• We want to recycle all plastic packaging• To do this we need both infrastructure and smart packaging• Most of the tools are in place …• Thank you www.closedlooprecycling.co.uk

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