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APR recognizes Avient products

Avient’s OnColor NIR sortable colorants have been recognized under the Association of Plastic Recyclers’ Meets Preferred Guidance program for packaging applications.

November 23, 2022

Avient Corp., a Netherlands-based provider of specialized and sustainable material solutions and services, has announced its line of near-infrared (NIR) sortable dark colorants recently was recognized by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), Washington, under its Meets Preferred Guidance (MPG) program.   

According to a news release from Avient, OnColor NIR Sortable Colorants are preferred for high-density polyethylene (HDPE) resin in black and dark colors, according to the APR Design Guide for Plastics Recyclability. Additionally, testing is underway to support an application for MPG recognition for the same colorants for polypropylene resin (PP).  

The company says OnColor NIR Sortable Colorants allow dark packaging to be visible to a NIR optical sorter, enabling it to be sorted into the correct plastic stream.  

“As a leader in sustainable colorant and additive solutions for polymers, we are proud to have received this recognition from the Association of Plastics Recyclers and look forward to further supporting our customers to reach their recycling goals,” says Mayendran Pillay, director of marketing for color and additives for the U.S. and Canada at Avient. “Avient is committed to enabling 100 percent of our products manufactured for packaging applications to be recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2030. This solution aligns with that commitment.”  

APR’s MPG program helps brand owners be more confident that the materials they incorporate into their products support recyclability. NIR sortable black and dark colorants became eligible for MPG recognition by the APR in October.