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Greif has developed a carbon black free plastic screw cap for its jerrycans in response to the black plastic recycling challenge. It will be available through Greif’s global closures business, Tri-Sure.
Undetectable by recycling facilities using near-infrared (NIR) technology, conventional black plastics containing carbon black colorants are difficult to recycle and often end up in landfill. The new packaging material uses an alternative black color that does not contain carbon.
The carbon black free closure will initially launch in Scandinavia where changes in legislation within the Nordic Swan Ecolabel state that packaging and closures must not be dyed with carbon black.
“The new caps will be more easily sorted for recycling, and in time we hope that they become the standard across the rest of Europe and even worldwide,” said Jacob Demén, Greif sales director Scandinavia. “It is a small step change, but will have a significant impact and underlines our commitment to producing innovative, safe and high-performing products that have a low environmental impact. Innovations such as these support our resolve to embrace a low-carbon future and minimize raw material use by innovating new products and solutions that support a circular economy.”
The carbon black free screw cap attaches to all of Greif’s jerrycans which are used across a range of industries including food and beverage, chemicals and agrochemicals. Greif’s Tri-Sure business is a global leader in industrial closures and packaging components. For more information visit https://www.tri-sure.com/