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Italian companies combine to expand recycling opportunities


GENOA, ITALY – Logistics costs and low added-value of waste have created a scattered market in Italy, with more than 600 private companies, which rarely exceed a collection scope of 60 km. The small companies struggle to achieve appreciable scale economies and hardly gain the opportunity to make strategic investments.

This has changed now as 11 Italian businesses have taken up the challenge, with the support of Xenon Private Equity, and created ReLife Group.

Benfante Group, already operating with a network of companies for the collection, transport and sorting of recoverable materials, meets up with Bosco Marengo Paper Mill, producer of grey board from recovered paper. Together, they take the first step towards industrial integration aimed at generating the maximum value in the paper recycling chain.

The new group has 360 employees, manages 500 thousand tons of selected waste with 260 thousand square meters of industrial space dedicated to recovery and recycling. With 13 plants in Italy the group produces 120 thousand tons of reels produced from recycled paper.

Relife Group brings together traditional efficiency and creative skills of a family-run business with the strength of a well-organized group with locations throughout the country, and structured to maximize scale economy and expertise, with a network of international sales.

Now Italian producers and retailers can entrust industrial waste to those who can guarantee multiple solutions and optimize costs while ensuring transparency, traceability and professionalism.

Italian producers and retailers can also use recovered paper under the ReLife label to complete the environmental loop and demonstrate to consumers that the Circular Economy is here and now.