READING, PA — CarbonLITE Holdings LLC, the world’s largest recycler of plastic beverage bottles, has begun production at its Reading, PA plant, the largest standalone bottle-to-bottle recycling facility in the world. The state-of-the-art operation, the company’s third plant, will eventually process 140 million pounds of post-consumer PET annually, enough to process 2.5 billion recycled-plastic (rPET) bottles.
The $80 million, 270,000 square-foot Reading plant, about 30 miles from Allentown, is outfitted with advanced robotic systems. It will ultimately generate 90 million pounds of food-grade rPET pellets each year.
“Even with the pandemic and this spring’s constraints on recycling and industrial supply chains, we pushed forward so that we can help our customers expeditiously fulfill their growing commitments to recycled-plastic use,” said CarbonLITE CEO Leon Farahnik. “We are proud to continue to help advance closed-loop, bottle-to-bottle recycling and a circular economy in a significant way.”
All of CarbonLITE’s long-standing customers, all of whom use substantial amounts of rPET in their beverage bottles, have facilities in Allentown. These include Nestle Waters North America, Coca-Cola, Keurig Dr Pepper, PepsiCo and other global beverage brands.
By enabling these companies to avoid the use of virgin plastic produced from petroleum, the new facility, like CarbonLITE’s plants in California and Texas, is expected to prevent the release of over 60,000 tons of carbon emissions annually. CarbonLITE also provides rPET produced from ocean-bound plastic waste for the new ZenWTR premium water bottles, a first in the industry, and for all types of PET packaging, thereby further helping to rid the marine environment of plastic pollution. The company’s PinnPACK Packaging subsidiary specializes in food packaging made from post-consumer recycled plastic.
The company plans to open a fourth PET recycling plant near Orlando, FL.
About CarbonLITE Holdings LLC:
CarbonLITE, is the world’s largest producer of post-consumer recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (rPET), which it supplies to all major beverage companies in North America including Coca-Cola, Keurig Dr Pepper, Nestle Waters North America and PepsiCo and other global beverage brands. It was founded with a passion for sustainability and enables its customers to utilize the gold standard of closed loop bottle-to-bottle recycling. It opened its first plant in Riverside, CA in 2012, followed by plants in Dallas and Reading, PA. Each year it recycles over 7 billion plastic bottles to be made anew. If these bottles were laid end to end, they would circle the earth more than a dozen times.
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