CALIFORNIA(Scrap Monster): carbonLITE, leading producer of bottle-grade raw material used to make new bottles, announced the opening of the world’s largest bottle-to-bottle recycling plant in Riverside, California. The 22,000 sq-ft plant has already created over 100 green jobs and is expected to recover more than two billion plastic PET bottles annually from California’s Curbside and Redemption Value programs.
The Grand Opening Celebration and Ribbon cutting ceremony was honored with presence of California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr and notable guests from the State of California, US Environmental Protection Agency, Country of Riverside, City of Riverside and riverside Chamber of Commerce, along with executives from Pepsico and Nestle Waters.
Governor Brown said,”Companies like carbonLITE are revolutionizing the recycling industry and dramatically reducing the huge amount of plastic dumped in California landfills every year.” Jared Blumenfeld, Regional Administrator for EPA’s Pacific Southwest stated,”carbonLITE is using high-tech innovations to bring used plastic back to food grade quality. By recycling two billion PET bottles (12 fl oz) every year, this cutting-edge facility is helping America save 48 million gallons of gas. This is a model of resource recovery and economic development.”
carbonLITE is bringing change in to the system of exporting plastic bottles from California to China and getting it recycled into polyester fiber. carbonLITE is able to do this with the support of their customers like PepsiCo and Nestle Waters while helping both companies achieve their sustainability goals.
“We’re committed to being the leading bottle-to-bottle recycler, preserving resources and reducing the carbon footprint from PET bottle production,” said Leon Farahnik, Chairman, carbonLITE. “We’re honored to have the support of Governor Brown, U.S. EPA Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld, and the many others who came out to our grand opening and experienced our state-of-the-art recycling facility. Our customers are allowing us to truly make a large impact by creating a sustainable infrastructure for beverage companies.”
carbonLITE specializes in processing used plastic bottles into bottle-grade PET pellets that can then be used to manufacture new plastic beverage bottles. This conserves virgin resources, reduces landfills, and capitalizes on the energy already invested in making existing plastic products.