Dentis: Two new PET bottle-to-bottle recycling lines from Starlinger - Now also offering food-grade rPET granulate

With two Starlinger "recoStar” PET bottle-to-bottle recycling lines, Piedmont-based Dentis Recycling Italy S.r.l. expanded its product portfolio and now offers food-grade rPET pellets in addition to hot-washed PET bottle flakes.

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.

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.”

The food-grade rPET pellets produced on the Starlinger lines and marketed under the brand name "Repeter” are available in several colours. Besides approvals for use in food packaging from numerous big brand owners, the Starlinger PET recycling process has received positive opinions from the European Food Safety Authority EFSA as well as LNOs from the US Food and Drug Administration FDA. Dentis supplies the food-grade rPET pellets to important brand owners in the food and beverage industry as well as to local plastic packaging producers.

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.

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