Equipment company AMUT, based in Italy, says plastics recycling company CarbonLite Recycling has selected it to provide some of the equipment for its new plant in Abilene, Texas. When operational, the facility will process postconsumer PET bottles into recycled PET pellets that will be used to make new bottles.
CarbonLite says it expects the plant to cost $40 million and to produce 45,000 tons per year of finished product when it is operational in late 2014. The company says it expects to supply Nestle’s Dallas-area bottling facilities with the recycled PET pellets.
CarbonLite already operates a facility in Riverside, California, that opened in 2011 and processes 100 million pounds of recycled PET per year.
AMUT says it was chosen as one of the equipment vendors for the facility not only for its experience in manufacturing high-capacity washing plants and for its bottle-to-bottle process guarantee but also for its prewashing and dry-cleaning systems “that are suitable to deal even with tough materials.”
The AMUT equipment to be used at the new plant includes:
- the De-Labeler DLB-60, which removes full-body shrink sleeve labels, other labels and dirt using a dry prewashing system that is water free;
- the AMUT PW-180/5 High-Friction, a whole-bottle wash technology; and
- its hot flake friction washing technology, the AX 150/5.
For food-grade purification and pelletizing, CarbonLite will use equipment from EREMA North America Inc.
Other equipment to be installed at the Texas plant will be a front-end bale-opening and bottle sorting equipment built by Bulk Handling Systems, Eugene, Oregon, that will include sorting modules from its NRT subsidiary.