CarbonLite: Inside the World's Largest Plastic Bottle Recycling Plant

CarbonLite is the world's largest "bottle-to-bottle" plastic recycling plant in Riverside, Calif.

"SoCal Connected" takes a look inside the state-of-the-art facility where billions of plastic bottles are churned on an annual basis. The process involves transforming old plastic bottles into PET pellets and flakes in order to produce new plastic bottles.

The bottles are required to go through metal detectors, a special "prewash" phase, and a label-removing facility before they can become shiny, brand new pellets.

Even though your plastic water bottle might not weigh as much, a square bale of plastic bottles can weigh more than 1,300 pounds, as Derrick Shore reveals in this segment of "SoCal Connected."

Featuring Interviews With:

  • Leon Farahnik, CarbonLite Industries
  • Susan Collins, Container Recycling Institute



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Food scraps are turned into fuel at a state-of-the-art Orange County recycling center.

A close-up view of the colorful light show from the top of downtown's U.S. Bank tower. 

A graduate student at UCLA has a secret. He has chosen to live in his car.

The amazing dexterity of twins who have mastered the art of "cardistry." 

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Season 7, Episode 21

Two competing L.A. companies are developing a "hyperloop" to move people at 750 mph in a frictionless tube. Can it really work?

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Bugs as Food, Freezing Plants, Eco-Village, Penguins and iPads

Season 7, Episode 28

The popularity of bugs as food is growing. Could insects be our next big food source?

A scientist at the Huntington Botanical Gardens is finding a way to freeze succulents that could go extinct.

The Eco-Village is an “intentional community” of people who live sustainably, affordably and cooperatively in the middle of LA.

Penguins at the Aquarium of the Pacific enjoy chasing virtual mice on an IPad.


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Tree Canopies, Endangered White Rhinos, From Food to Fuel

Season 7, Episode 22

How the "canopy" from shade trees can help our environment.

White rhino Nola was the Safari Park's signature animal, but now she's a symbol of extinction.

Food scraps from UC Irvine’s commissary used to be sent to landfills where it  produced destructive greenhouse gases.

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Season 7 Episode 31

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The Wrongly Convicted

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A special in-depth look at two men who were imprisoned for crimes they did not commit and their efforts to get just compensation after being freed. 

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