Scrap Beat

by Scrap Magazine | Nov 03, 2020

CarbonLITE Opens New Recycled PET Plant in Pennsylvania

CarbonLITE Holdings (Dallas) has started production at its new plant in Reading, Pa.

The company says the new facility is the largest stand-alone bottle-to-bottle recycling facility in the world, capable of processing up to 140 million pounds of postconsumer PET each year. It plans to produce about 90 million pounds of food-grade rPET pellets each year, the equivalent of about 2.5 billion rPET bottles. The $80 million, 270,000-square-foot plant uses advanced robotic systems, it says.

CarbonLITE says the facility is near major rPET customers’ facilities, including Nestle Waters North America, Coca-Cola, Keurig Dr Pepper, and PepsiCo. It also produces rPET from ocean-bound plastic for ZenWTR bottles and for other types of PET packaging.

The company has two other plants, one in California and one in Texas. It plans to open a fourth PET recycling plant near Orlando, Fla. Visit