AMUT is pleased to have been selected as an integral part of the new project of CarbonLITE Recycling LLC, a 20,000 sqm plant that will process post-consumer bottles into post-consumer resin polyethylene (pcrPET) pellets that can be used to make new bottles.
The output is approximately of 45,000 tons/year of finished product.
The total investment in equipment and infrastructure will exceed US$60 million.
CarbonLITE specializes in bottle-to-bottle recycling, producing pcrPET bottles and serving the major beverage brands.
Acquiring the AMUT plant, CarbonLITE doubles its capacity setting it in the new plastic recycling facility in Abilene,Texas.
Another plant is already operating in Riverside, California.
The Abilene plant will be supplying Nestlé’s bottling facilities near Dallas.
AMUT has been chosen for its experience in manufacturing washing plants at high capacity, quality bottle-to-bottle process, and the pre-washing and dry cleaning systems suitable to deal even with tough materials.
AMUT machinery and technology will be utilized in many steps of critical areas for cleaning the PET bottle stream.
Starting with the De-labeler (DLB-60 model – patent-pending ) full-body shrink sleeve label-removal system, additionally the patented AMUT PW-180/5 High Friction whole bottle wash technology will be incorporated for cleaning the whole bottles prior to the AMUT wet grinding process.
For the final cleaning of the PET flakes, AMUT will be supplying their patented hot Flake Friction Washing technology AX 150/5 machinery.
The De-Labeler (launched with great success into the market in 2013) can remove full-body shrink sleeve labels, other labels and general dirty using a dry prewashing system.
The shrink labels represent up to 15% of the capacity of bottles in the US.
For the food-grade purification and pelletizing, the process will use the technology from EREMA North America Inc.
The new plant’s front-end, bale-opening and bottle-sorting will be built by Bulk Handling Systems of Eugene, or using sorting modules from its subsidiary, NRT of Nashville, TN.