Carbonlite To Extend Sourcing Of Ocean-Bound Pet

Market Expertz   |     June 03, 2019


CarbonLite Industries LLC, currently in the midst of business expansion in the United States, has announced that it is extending its sourcing to ocean-bound PET. The company processes billions of traditionally collected PET bottles annually in Riverside, California, and Dallas, which has made it a critical post-consumer PET recycler. Jason Farahnik, Director of Partnerships and Resin sales, CarbonLite has commented that extending its processing services to include ocean-bound plastics simply makes sense. The company is now offering 100 percent recycled ocean-bound PET, primarily originating from Asia. The company’s existing two locations can use existing equipment but have developed controls to track and segregate ocean-bound plastics from conventional recycled PET during processing.

Farahnik has mentioned that it does not change the situation for their primary operations, which is post-consumer PET, although, it is synonymous with the company’s beliefs. He further explained that when the opportunity presented itself, the company found that it would be the right fit to undertake the project. Southeast Asia will be a chief region where the material will be collected. The material that CarbonLite is offering has been improperly disposed of in areas with a lack of an excellent waste management system and retrieved from waterways, shorelines, and the coastal regions in a 30-mile radius of the ocean. This 30-mile radius is a widely accepted length for an ocean-bound categorization.

CarbonLite is offering 100 percent ocean-bound plastics to customers, but will also distinctly use the material internally at Pinnpack Packaging LLC, a sister company and thermoforming facility in Oxnard, California. CarbonLite will assess the demand for the new offering to eventually decide the volume of ocean-bound plastics it will handle. Farahnik has said that it is vital for the firm because, being one of the leading recyclers of PET plastics, they also want to target the plastics that don’t necessarily reach the recycling stream properly, which was appealing for the company to go after.