By Dr. Cameron Chai
carbonLITE, a manufacturer of bottle-grade raw material for producing new bottles, has announced the official opening of its bottle-to-bottle plastic recycling plant in Riverside, California.
The 220,000-square-foot facility is marked as the largest bottle-to-bottle plastic recycling facility in the world. The plant will recycle over 2 billion plastic PET bottles every year from Curbside and Redemption Value programs of California. It has already generated more than 100 green jobs.
Earlier, most of the plastic bottles accumulated in California were recycled into polyester fiber in China. However, carbonLITE is changing this scenario by bringing back this precious resource as well as jobs to California. The company will be able to achieve this goal with the backup of its customers such as Nestle Waters and PepsiCo, while assisting them in reaching their sustainability objectives.
carbonLITE manufactures PET pellets from used plastic bottles. These PET pellets will then be utilized to produce new plastic beverage bottles. This process reduces the consumption of virgin resources, decreases landfills, and takes advantages from the already invested energy for making current plastic products.
PET products are highly sustainable and recyclable. PET bottles can be recycled several times into new bottles. carbonLITE utilizes a novel method for the production of its PET resin. The FDA has offered a letter of non-objection to this technique, enabling carbonLITE’s PET resin to be utilized at levels up to 100% recycled material in the production of PET containers and bottles for use in direct contact with all types of food under hot fill and cold fill conditions.