Gov. Jerry Brown and Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge are expected to be on hand Friday for the opening of a behemoth processing plant in Riverside touted as the “world’s largest post-consumer plastic bottle recycling facility.”
CarbonLITE’s 220,000-square-foot recycling center is expected to process more than 2 billion plastic bottles collected statewide annually, according to the company.
“Previously, most of the plastic bottles … were exported to China,” a company statement says. “CarbonLITE is changing that, and bringing both this valuable resource and jobs back to the state.”
The plant will support 100 positions and handle used bottles from PepsiCo, Nestle Waters and other labels, according to company officials.
A ribbon-cutting in front of the facility, located at 875 Michigan Ave., is set for 9:30 a.m.
CarbonLITE Chairman Leon Frank and President Neville Browne are slated to speak, along with Loveridge and the governor. Executives from PepsiCo and Nestle Waters, as well as U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Pacific Southwest Region Administrator Jared Blumenfeld, will also be on hand.