CarbonLite Holdings LLC plans to build a PET recycling plant in Pennsylvania, the Los Angeles-based company announced May 22. The plant will be the company's third, and will increase its capacity by more than 50 percent.
CarbonLite claims to be the world's largest producer of food-grade post-consumer PET. The company is ranked No. 12 in Plastics News' 2018 ranking of North American recyclers, which is based on volume. The company reprocessed 200 million pounds of PET in 2017.
The $60 million plant is scheduled for startup in late 2019. Primary customers are Nestle Waters North America and Pepsico.
“With the addition of the Pennsylvania plant, our three facilities will save more than 180,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year,” Chairman and CEO Leon Farahnik said in a news release.
The company's existing plants are in Riverside, Calif., and Dallas. The company said it recycles 4 billion beverage bottles annually. The 230,000-square-foot Dallas plant started production last year.