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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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Season 7, Episode 1

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Mountain Lions, 'The Nomad,' Service Dogs

Season 7, Episode 4

The story of two mountain lions trying to survive in an urban environment. 

An artist who is losing her sight has created an exquisite tiny house.

Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are finding help managing their symptoms in man's best friend.

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