CarbonLite Holdings LLC, a recycler of plastic beverage bottles that is headquartered in Los Angeles with processing facilities in Riverside, California; Dallas; and Reading, Pennsylvania, says it has developed a pelletized material from the caps and labels recovered from the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles it recycles. This material, a blend of polypropylene and polyethylene dubbed CaPOLabel, is being targeted to the injection molding industry, according to a news release from CarbonLite.
The company says the caps and labels are ground into flakes and thoroughly washed prior to pelletizing using a patented process to create the new product.
“CaPOLabel is an investment in and further dedication to our mission of resource preservation, sustainability and a circular economy,” says Jason Farahnik, CarbonLite director of strategy and development. “We are taking materials that would otherwise be destined for landfills or our oceans and waterways and creating a valuable low-cost postconsumer product.
“Unlike other postconsumer materials that trade at premium prices over virgin alternatives, CaPOLabel will always be priced below virgin material,” he adds.
The company says its CaPOLabel pellets can be used to manufacture beverage crates, municipal trash containers and plastic pallets as well as in intermodal transportation.
CarbonLite also provides recycled PET, or rPET, produced from ocean-bound plastics, while its Oxnard, California-based PinnPack Packaging subsidiary specializes in food packaging made from rPET.