CarbonLite Holdings LLC has announced that PET bottle-to-bottle recycling company CarbonLite will build a new plant, to be located in the state of Pennsylvania. This facility will enable the company to increase the number of post-consumer PET beverage bottles it recycles annually by 50 percent – to more than 6 billion. The new $60 million plant is scheduled for startup in late 2019.
CarbonLite is already the world’s largest producer of post-consumer bottle-to-bottle food-grade PET resin, with its plants in Riverside, Calif., and Dallas processing more than 4 billion post-consumer beverage bottles annually. The company’s customers use the resin created through the recycling process to produce new sustainable PET bottles and thermoforming products.
“Through state-of-the-art facilities, technologies and equipment, CarbonLite is fully invested in and committed to helping preserve our precious resources, reduce the PET industry’s carbon footprint, diminish our landfill problems and protect our waterways,” said Chairman and CEO Leon Farahnik. “With the addition of the Pennsylvania plant, our three facilities will save more than 180,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year.”
Nestle Waters North America and Pepsico are the primary consumers of CarbonLite’s raw material in pursuit of their sustainability efforts.