carbonLITE’s new 220,000 sq-ft plant receives support from California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and U.S. EPA Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld among others

RIVERSIDE, CA California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the official grand opening of the world’s largest bottle-to-bottle plastic recycling plant.  Located in Riverside, Ca., the 220,000 sq-ft plant has already created over 100 green jobs and will recover more than two billion plastic PET bottles annually from California’s Curbside and Redemption Value programs.

carbonLITE is using high-tech innovations to bring used plastic back to food grade quality,” said Jared Blumenfeld, Regional Administrator for EPA’s Pacific Southwest.  “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.”

Photos courtesy: Sayeh Video and Photography

Photo 1:  California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. accompanies carbonLITE Chairman Leon Farahnik and President Neville Browne

Photos 2 and 3:  California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. speaks at the grand opening celebration of carbonLITE’s new 220,000 sq-ft bottle-to-bottle recycling plant.

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Photo 4:  Jared Blumenfeld, Administrator for EPA’s Pacific Southwest Region, speaks at the grand opening celebration of carbonLITE’s new 220,000 sq-ft bottle-to-bottle recycling plant.

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Photo 5:  Exterior shot of carbonLITE’s new 220,000 sq-ft bottle-to-bottle recycling plant

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Photo 6:  Inside look at carbonLITE’s new 220,000 sq-ft bottle-to-bottle recycling plant

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Previously, most plastic bottles collected in California were exported to China and downcycled into polyester fiber.  carbonLITE is changing that, and bringing both this valuable resource and jobs back to the State.  carbonLITE is able to do this with the support of their customers like PepsiCo and Nestlé Waters while helping both companies achieve their sustainability goals.

Products made using PET resin are recyclable and highly sustainable.  PET can be recycled numerous times, turning bottles back into bottles.  The PET resin offered by carbonLITE will have been processed using a method that has received an LNO (letter of non-objection) from the FDA, allowing it to be used at levels up to 100 percent recycled content in the manufacture of PET bottles.

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One response

  1. Matt Rusk says:

    Excellent news! Win-win-win. Gain more US jobs, REcycle plastic without degrading it (down-cycling), and preventing fuel use and CO2 emissions caused by shipping plastic over seas. Great step towards sustainability.