Vienna, Austria-based Starlinger & Co. GmbH reports it has received a letter of non-objection from the Food and Drug Administration approval for Starlinger viscotec's deCON decontamination dryer to make food grade flakes from post-consumer recycled HDPE milk bottles.
Starlinger said that post-consumer high density polyethylene faces stricter safety criteria that post-consumer PET, because of its higher diffusion and absorption rates. That means a prerequisite for the production of food grade HDPE is a strictly defined input material stream.
The letter of nonobjection is based on milk bottles with a sorting purity of more than 99 percent—and Starlinger claims the viscotec equipment can reach clean efficiencies of around 99.9 percent. The letter is granted for the use of up to 50 percent recycled content.
Starlinger viscotec, the solid-state polycondensation division of Starlinger, has sold two deCON modules for food grade recovery of post-consumer HDPE.
Starlinger has become a player in offering decontamination and extrusion technology for the bottle-to-bottle and bottle-to-sheet market.
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