CA Recycling Receives Emmy Nomination

CarbonLITE Recycling is the focus of a prime-time television program that has been nominated for a 2015 Los Angeles Area Emmy® Award.

The segment, shot last year at the company’s Riverside, Calif. facility, was part of “SoCal Connected,” a news and public affairs program broadcast on KCET, the nation's largest independent public television station.

“CarbonLITE Recycling congratulates KCET and ‘SoCal Connected’ on its Emmy nominations,” said Leon Farahnik, CarbonLITE’s chairman and CEO. “We were happy to participate in a program that raises greater awareness of bottle-to-bottle recycling, which keeps plastic out of our landfills and waterways.”

In the nominated segment, titled “CarbonLITE: Inside the World’s Largest Plastic Bottle Recycling Plant,” reporter Derrick Shore tours the company’s state-of-the-art Riverside plant for a step-by-step look at how CarbonLITE turns billions of used plastic beverage bottles into food-grade pellets that are then used by beverage companies to make new bottles. Shore explains how this closed-loop system reduces the use of virgin materials, which in turn reduces greenhouse gas emissions and other negative environmental impacts.

It’s good for local jobs, as well, notes Susan V. Collins, president of L.A.’s Container Recycling Institute, who also appeared in the nominated piece.

"California’s state recycling program recovers an astonishing seven billion PET plastic beverage containers a year, and CarbonLITE recycles nearly one-third of them,” Collins said. “This keeps those materials in California—instead of being shipped overseas—along with the manufacturing jobs required to remake recycled bottles into new bottles.”

KCET garnered a total of 12 local Emmy nominations for 2015, including eight others for “SoCal Connected.” 

About CarbonLITE Recycling

CarbonLITE Recycling, an HPC company, is one of the world’s largest producers of bottle-grade, post-consumer recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (pcrPET). Founded with a commitment to closed-loop, bottle-to-bottle recycling, it specializes in processing used plastic bottles into pcrPET pellets that are then used to make new bottles. CarbonLITE opened its first plant in Riverside, CA in 2011 and it now supplies some of the world’s major beverage brands. It processes roughly 2 billion used bottles (100 million pounds) annually.

About “SoCal Connected”

“SoCal Connected”, winner of a Peabody® and two duPont Awards, 23 Emmy Awards, 24 Golden Mikes, 48 LA Press Club Awards, two Gracie Awards, and four regional and one national Edward R. Murrow Awards, including Best News Documentary and Los Angeles Magazine's "Best New Local TV Program" of 2009, airs exclusively on KCET. For more information, to view episodes online or to leave comments, please visit “SoCal Connected” is made possible through the generous support of The Ahmanson Foundation, Chapman University and the MaddocksBrown Foundation.

About KCETLINK Media Group

KCETLink Media Group is a national independent, nonprofit, digital and broadcast network that provides high-quality, culturally diverse programming designed to engage the public in innovative, entertaining and transformative ways. With a commitment to independent perspectives, smart global entertainment, local communities, and opportunities for engagement and social action, KCETLink depicts people and the world through a lens unavailable elsewhere in U.S. media. A viewer-supported 501(c)(3) organization, KCETLink content is distributed nationally via satellite on Link TV – DIRECTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel 9410 – and on KCET in Southern and Central California via broadcast and cable, as well as through various digital delivery systems. For additional information about KCET and Link TV productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit or