The world’s largest bottle-to-bottle plastic recycling plant opens its doors in Riverside
CarbonLITE, a producer of bottle-grade raw material used to make new bottles, was joined by California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. to officiate the grand opening of the world’s largest bottle-to-bottle plastic recycling plant. Located in Riverside, California, the 220,000 sq. ft. plant has already created over 100 green jobs and will recover more than 2 billion plastic PET bottles annually from California’s Curbside and Redemption Value programs.
Governor Brown kicked off a grand opening celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony, bringing together notable guests from the State of California, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), County of Riverside, City of Riverside and Riverside Chamber of Commerce, along with executives from PepsiCo and Nestle Waters.
“CarbonLITE is using 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 every year, this facility is helping America save 48 million gallons of gas.”
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 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.
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 a 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 and containers for direct contact with all food types under cold fill and hot fill conditions.