PAAG: Scaling up PET bottle-to-bottle recycling in Türkiye

PAAG, a member of Bell Holding, installed a Starlinger recoSTAR PET 165 HC iV+ PET bottle-to-bottle recycling line with a production capacity of up to 1,800 kg/h in its Gebze facility in Kocaeli near Istanbul.
The PAAG management and staff in front of Starlinger’s recoSTAR PET 165 HC iV+ PET bottle-to-bottle recycling line in PAAG’s recycling facility in Gebze, Türkiye. Copyright: PAAG

By investing in bottle-to-bottle recycling, PAAG aims to reduce the demand for virgin plastic, minimize the carbon footprint, and promote a more sustainable approach to packaging. “We entered the Bottle-to-Bottle recycling market with a firm commitment to advancing sustainability and making a positive impact on the environment”, said Bekir Öktenoğlu, Vice Chairman, PAAG. “Recognizing the urgent global issue of climate change, we saw an opportunity to contribute to a circular economy by transforming used plastic bottles into new, high-quality bottles.”

PAAG aims to process approximately 1,200 tons of collected PET bottles per month. The recycled PET is mainly supplied to SENAPA STAMPA, a sister company within the Bell Holding. This is part of the Holding’s integrated approach to sustainability, with the aim of reducing the collective environmental footprint by incorporating recycled PET into their own supply chain. In addition, PAAG sells recycled PET to external customers.

The proven track record, state-of-the-art technology, compliance with industry standards, energy efficiency, and commitment to innovation are the key arguments why PAAG decided to install a PET bottle-to-bottle recycling line from Starlinger, the company said. “Starlinger’s cutting-edge technology aligns with PAAG’s dedication to deliver premium recycled materials, reducing environmental impact, and promoting sustainability within the packaging industry. This strategic partnership reflects PAAG’s vision for a more sustainable and environmentally conscious future”, said Bekir Öktenoğlu. “Moreover, Starlinger’s PET recycling process holds approvals by EFSA and FDA for food-grade rPET production, ensuring that the recycled PET materials adhere to the highest standards of safety and quality. This aligns seamlessly with PAAG’s commitment to deliver not only sustainable but also food-safe packaging solutions, reinforcing our dedication to excellence in the packaging industry.”

For bottle collection, PAAG itself has set up a door-to-door collection system named ‘To-Ka’ for PET bottles from end consumers. In addition, collection points have been established through collaborations with recycling partners and community organizations, and eco-friendly transportation methods are used for transporting the collected post-consumer PET bottles. Upon arrival at the recycling facility, the PET bottles undergo a meticulous sorting and cleaning process to remove contaminants before the shredded and washed bottles are processed into high-quality recycled PET pellets at the Starlinger recoSTAR PET 165 HC iV+ system. Starlinger’s super-clean PET recycling process as well as PAAG’s rigid quality assurance program ensures that the recycled material meets and even exceeds industry standards.


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