In 2021, the Italian recycler of post-consumer PET bottles initiated a new project to extend its rPET production capacity and purchased two Starlinger “recoStar” PET 330 HC iV+ recycling systems. The new lines were commissioned in summer 2022 and are recycling used PET bottles into high-quality rPET pellets that Dentis sells under the new brand name “Repeter”. With a combined production capacity of 6.6 tons per hour, the total yearly output of the lines amounts to 50,000 tons of bottle-grade rPET pellets.
The Starlinger "recoStar" PET 330 HC iV+ bottle-to-bottle recycling lines produce bottle-grade rPET and have a production capacity of up to 3.3 tons per hour each.
Dentis will recycle this year a total of 80,000 tons of post-consumer PET bottles collected through the Italian collection systems operated by Corepla and Coripet. After completion of the capacity extension in 2024, the potential recycling capacity of the Piedmont site will amount to approximately 130,000 tons of post-consumer PET bottles per year.
“We want to support the transition from a linear economy to a circular economy”, said Roberto Dentis, co-owner of Dentis Recycling Italy S.r.l. “With technology from Starlinger we can be sure that the recycled PET we produce meets the elevated standards of our customers in the food and beverage packaging sector. By producing high-quality food-grade recycled PET pellets we are able to maintain a closed loop for PET bottles and contribute effectively to achieving the European recycling targets, making post-consumer plastic packaging no longer a waste to be disposed of but turning it into an important resource for top-quality packaging.”
Founded in 1987, Dentis Recycling Italy S.r.l. is part of Dentis Group and specialises in the recovery and recycling of PET packaging waste, and is considered to be the biggest post-consumer PET bottle recycler in Italy. At its production site and group headquarters in Sant’ Albano Stura (Cuneo), the company produces recycled PET bottle flakes with the brand name “Petalo” and bottle-grade rPET pellets with the brand name “Repeter” which it provides to Italian and international brand owners. Dentis is also one of the founding members of the voluntary consortium Coripet which focuses on PET bottle collection, aiming to establish a circular economy system based on the principle of extended producer responsibility.
Dentis Group also operates two PET recycling sites abroad – one in Valencia, Spain, and another one in Lille, France – and has a total recycling capacity of more than 270,000 tons of post-consumer PET bottles per year.
Starlinger & Co. GmbH, Vienna, Austria
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