New publication at Waste Management & Research


Bioplastic is increasingly applied to replace oil-derived plastics due to their renewable biomass sources. Corresponding plastics are also more frequently used in packaging and thus land in conventional sorting and recycling routes. Accordingly, technological questions have to deal with whether sorting processes that have proven successful for conventional plastics are also suitable for bioplastics and which material properties can be used as a classification criterion. Our sensor team Xiaozheng Chen and Nils Kroell have dealt with this question and published their findings in an open access publication Influences of bioplastic polylactic acid on near-infrared-based sorting of conventional plastic at the journal Waste Management & Research.