Can Plastic Be Environmentally Friendly?

ABSOLUTELY!

The PinnPACK and CarbonLITE PET Life Cycle

Click on each step to learn more!

 

You Recycle

A Water Bottle

Bottles are Baled at a MRF and sent to CarbonLITE to be...

Sorted

Washed

Ground into Flake

Washed Again

Pelletized

Sent To PinnPACK

to be...

Extruded into Sheet Rolls

Thermoformed into Packaging

It Can Be Recycled Again

Learn About the Steps that Close the PET Life Cycle

It Starts when YOU Recycle your bottle

Every time you throw a plastic water bottle into a recycling bin, you are helping start the Process!

  • Approximately 5.5 Billion Pounds of PET bottles are available to be recycled every year!

  • Producing 1 Pound of Recycled PET from Bottles takes 84% less energy that producing 1 Pound of Virgin PET Bottles.

 

The Bottles Are Baled and Sent to CarbonLITE

Once the bottles are recycled, they are sent to a ​Material Recovery Facility (MRF) where it is separated from other recyclable materials and compressed into a 1,000 Pound Bale.

The bales are sent to PinnPACK's Sister Company, CarbonLITE Recycling, which is the World's Largest Bottle-To-Bottle Recycling Company.

 

CarbonLITE sorts out Non-Recyclables

The bottles are further separated from any trash and debris and Automatic Sorting Machines segregate the bottles into 3 streams: Clear PET, Colored PET (mostly green), and Non-PET Plastic. The Non-PET plastic is re-baled and sold for further processing.

 

And Washes the Bottles

Washing the bottles not only removes any dirty and impurities, but also removes any of the labels and glue that was used.

 

The Bottles are ground into Flake

The bottles are ground into cornflake-like flakes. These flakes are able to be used in Packaging for "Not-Ready-To-Eat" Foods such as Strawberries, Blueberries, and Blackberries.

 

And Washed Again!

Just to make sure we have removed as many impurities as possible!

 

The Flakes are then Pelletized

The Last Step at CarbonLITE is Called "Solid State Polymerization", where the flakes, undergo High Temperature, Low Pressure, and Time to be sterilized to be FDA Approved Food-Grade. The flakes are extruded under Intense Pressure and are turned into pellets, also known as Post Consumer Resin or PCR

 

The Pellets are Sent to PinnPACK

PinnPACK and CarbonLITE both have plants located in Southern California, making the shipment of materials easy and quick.   

As CarbonLITE grows and builds recycling plants, PinnPACK will also follow, building plants near all CarbonLITE Recycling facilities.

 

Where We Extrude the Pellets into Rolls

PinnPACK takes the PCR, sometimes mixed with Virgin Resin, and de-humidifies, crystallizes, melts, and extrudes it into Sheet Rolls of PET/rPET Material. Sheet Rolls can be made from 100% Recycled PET or blended with Virgin PET.

 

And Thermoform the Sheet into Finished Food Packaging

All of our Finished Products have a percentage of Recycled PET. This is all dependent on customer specifications, however, our goal is to create all packaging using PCR and rPET material. All our Black Parts are made from 100% PCR, while Clear Parts range between 30-60%. 

 
 

Help Us Close the Loop!

PET is the #1 recyclable plastic, therefore, when you are finished using your PET Food Container, please recycle it to start the process all over again!

ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS

For Every 1,000 Tons of rPET PCR We:

SAVE

7,000

CUBIC YARDS 

of Landfill Space

71%

GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS 

2,000

BARRELS 

of Crude Oil

REDUCE

SAVE

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