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CarbonLITE - Secondary Plastics Dallas, Texas - Case Study


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CarbonLITE, LLC has installed a new 230,000-square-foot plant in Dallas, Texas that recycles approximately 100 million pounds of beverage bottles annually into food-grade PET pellets. CarbonLITE has a strategic alliance with Nestlé Waters North America, and the Dallas plant will be supplying PET to Nestlé’s bottling facilities near Dallas.

The facility’s front-end processing system was built by BHS using screening technology, optical sorting modules from NRT and air separation equipment from Nihot. This process integrates label-removal and bottle-washing equipment. The back-end system includes grinders and flake-washing modules as well as food-grade purification and pelletizing technology allowing CarbonLITE to produce bottle-to-bottle PET. Total investment in equipment and infrastructure exceeded $62 million.

CarbonLITE is one of the world’s largest producers of bottle-grade post-consumer recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (pcrPET). Founded with a commitment to closed-loop, bottle-to-bottle recycling, it specializes in processing used plastic bottles into pcrPET pellets that are then used to make new bottles. CarbonLITE supplies some of the world’s major beverage brands, including PepsiCo and Nestlé Waters North America.

CarbonLITE - Secondary Plastics Dallas, Texas - Case Study

System Specifications

  • Location: Dallas, Texas
  • Commissioned: July 2017
  • Type: Secondary Plastics
  • Tonnage: 100 million pounds annually
  • Facility: 230,000 square feet

Material Captured/Equipment Utilized

  • PET-Color: BHS Debris Roll Screen (3)
  • PET-Natural: Nihot Windshifters (3)
  • PP, PE: NRT SpydIR (6)
  • Mixed Plastics: NRT ColorPlus (4)
  • Ferrous Metals: Eddy Current Separator (2)
  • Aluminum: Magnets, Conveyors, Controls

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