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Coloured, recycled pots gaining market share

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Pot manufacturer Soparco says that moves to improve the recycling of pots which have seen a move from black to taupe, is also boosting interest in other colours.

Speaking at Four Oaks, Myriam Tobeilem of Soparco explained, “There are different types of sorting equipment used in Europe. In the UK, Recycling Facilities commonly use Near Infrared (NIR) detection systems and carbon black pigment is an issue for detection. Hence the shift to taupe.”

The company offers a range of colours which are NIR detectable, including blue, green and red, as well as taupe.

For the last 35 years, Soparco has gradually been increasing the quantity of recycled materials in its pots. “Five years ago, we started to include post-consumer materials in the circular economy and the improvement of the performance of collection and sorting processes, the quantity of post-consumer material available on the market is growing,” says Myriam. “Today our products contain more than 80 per cent recycled materials and our goal is to reach 100% recycled materials in our standard productions in 2025.” 

Picture caption: Soparco pots include more than 80 per cent recycled materials and are fully recyclable

Photo source: Soparco

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