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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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Homeless Special

On any given night, 47,000 men, women, and children live on the streets of Los Angeles – sleeping in tents, cars, on sidewalks, and in emergency shelters. The enormity of the homeless crisis led SoCal Connected to ask the difficult questions: How do we create more affordable housing? Are we willing to pay for critical services such as mental health counseling, medical care, job training, and alcohol/drug rehab programs? With limited resources available, how do we decide who gets helped first? And how do we prevent more people from ending up on the streets every day?

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Human Trafficking, Driving in the 1930s, Derelict Icons, Cuddle Sanctuary

Season 7, Episode 24

Young girls sold on the streets of L.A. are victims of human trafficking.

Weekly hug sessions give people the benefits of human touch.

Classic automobiles get new life without losing their weathered charm.

Historical footage of a dangerous Hollywood intersection before traffic signals.

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Safe Parking for the Homeless, Freezing Plants, L.A. Eco-Village, Penguins and iPads

Season 7, Episode 25

Homeless people living in cars and vans need safe overnight parking. Does Santa Barbara have the solution? 

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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