Starlinger’s recoSTAR PET 215 iV+ bottle-to-bottle recycling line installed at Tanrıkulu’s Akyazı plant in Sakarya Province, Türkiye, produces 2.4 tons of food-grade rPET pellets per hour. ©Starlinger

Turkish plastics recycler Tanrıkulu enters PET bottle-to-bottle market

The plastics recycling company based near Istanbul, Türkiye, commissioned its new Starlinger recoSTAR PET 215 iV+ bottle-to-bottle recycling system in the last quarter of 2023.

The PET bottle-to-bottle line is the second plastics recycling system from Starlinger that Tanrıkulu has installed. It is in operation at Tanrıkulu’s post-consumer PET processing plant in Akyazı, Sakarya Province, in Türkiye’s Marmara Region. The recycling system processes post-consumer PET bottle flakes and has a production output of 2.4 tons per hour. Tanrıkulu supplies the bottle-grade rPET pellets to customers in Turkey and abroad.

The recoSTAR PET 215 iV+ recycling line is equipped with a special cartridge filter that reduces production waste, increases the production output and ensures highly purified melt. The backflush melt filter system called DPC 4000 operates continuously with two screen-bearing pistons and four screen cavities. With a total of approx. 4000 cm², the filtration area is 2.4 times larger than when using standard screens, filtering the melt with a fineness of 56 μm. Another big advantage is the high process stabilization as 75% of the filtration area is available in the filtration process during screen change and backflushing. The DPC 4000 cartridge filter significantly reduces melt loss during backflushing and generally improves system performance.

“With our ongoing investments in PET recycling we aim to protect our social, cultural and natural environment for future generations by closing the packaging loop. Every discarded PET bottle should become a new PET bottle again,” said İzzet Tanrıkulu, General Manager of Tanrıkulu Group of Companies. “Starlinger is one of the leading technology suppliers in the field of PET bottle-to-bottle recycling. The Starlinger PET recycling process has been approved by international brand owners in the food and beverage sector as well as by important legal authorities such as FDA and EFSA. We strive to improve the environmental impact of plastic packaging by combining the latest technology with our vast experience in the field of recycling, thereby reducing both plastic waste and resource consumption.”

About Tanrıkulu Group

With currently seven plastics recycling and manufacturing plants in various locations of Kocaeli and Sakarya Provinces and a total staff of more than 500 people, Tanrıkulu Group of Companies is one of the leading plastics recyclers in Turkey. Founded in 1989, Tanrıkulu started as a paper, glass and metal recycling enterprise in Istanbul. After expansions in 2006 and 2014 the company focuses on plastics recycling and PET sheet production.

Tanrıkulu already operates a Starlinger recoSTAR dynamic recycling system for HDPE and PP in Başiskele, Kocaeli Province, and has recently entered the market for PET bottle-to-bottle recycling with another Starlinger recycling line. Besides producing regranulate from plastic scrap the group also owns a facility for PET sheet production in Cayirova, Kocaeli Province. Tanrıkulu recycles a total of 40,000 tons of post-consumer PET and 45,000 tons of other plastics such as PP, HDPE and LDPE per year and also exports its products to customers in neighbouring countries, Europe and overseas.


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