CarbonLite to Build Plastic Bottle Recycling Plant in Texas

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

October 17, 2013

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CarbonLite to Build Plastic Bottle Recycling Plant in Texas

CarbonLite Industries LLC said it plans to build a plastic beverage bottle recycling plant in Abilene, Texas.

The Los Angeles-based HPC company said the $40 million processing plant will process about 1.6 billion used bottles, or 80 million pounds, annually and turn them into food-grade raw material to make into new bottles, according to a news release.

CarbonLite expects to break ground before the year’s end, with production scheduled to begin in late 2014. The facility will employ about 100.

One of the company’s key customers in Texas will be Nestle Waters North America for its Ozarka brand natural spring water.

“Nestle Waters’ decision to expand its recycled-content program into Texas played an important role in CarbonLite choosing Texas for our next plant in North America. We already supply Nestle Waters from our flagship facility in Riverside, Calif., so the transition in to Texas will be seamless,” said Neville Browne, CarbonLite president. “We believe other major beverage companies will follow the lead of Nestle Waters.”

CarbonLite’s Riverside recycling plant covers 220,000 square feet and processes more than two billion used plastic bottles annually.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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