For Immediate Release Media Contact: Zan Dubin Scott (310) 383-0956 Riverside Youths to Celebrate America Recycles Day with CarbonLITE Recycling Fremont Elementary School students will tour plastic bottle recycling plant, create art RIVERSIDE, Calif., Nov. 5, 2013 – Students from Fremont Elementary School in Riverside will celebrate America Recycles Day on Tue., Nov. 12 by touring CarbonLITE Recycling to see firsthand how plastic bottles are kept out of the waste stream. CarbonLite, an HPC Company and one of the world’s largest recyclers of plastic beverage bottles, will host 40 sixth-graders from Fremont who will recycle a plastic bottle of their own at the sprawling, 220,000-square-foot plant. The students also will display an art project, facilitated by the Riverside Art Museum, which they will have created with the recycled plastic pellets CarbonLITE produces, spelling RECYCLE EVERYDAY. The event is one of thousands across the country being organized as part of the Keep America Beautiful initiative that is the only nationally-recognized day dedicated to promoting recycling in the U.S. “America’s recycling rate of plastic containers has increased to nearly 31 percent. That’s a move in the right direction, but it’s still equivalent to a failing grade, which is why CarbonLITE Recycling is helping to raise awareness of recycling through America Recycles Day,” said Leon Farahnik, CarbonLITE Recycling’s CEO. “We hope that youths like the Fremont Elementary School students visiting us learn good habits early and pass them on to their own children one day.” The visit will help the students better understand how CarbonLite turns beverage bottles into the food-grade plastic pellets that are used by Nestlé Waters North America, PepsiCo and other companies to make new bottles. The celebration’s goal is to motivate occasional recyclers to become everyday recyclers and to highlight the environmental and economic benefits of recycling. Recycling saves energy by reducing demand for virgin raw materials. CarbonLITE’s facility, which processes more than two billion used plastic bottles annually, prevents 60,000 tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere annually. That’s equivalent to grounding about 40,000 flights from Los Angeles to New York. CarbonLITE’s Riverside plant employs 130 people. The company just announced a second plant, to be constructed in Abilene, TX, which will employ 100 people. To learn more about residential, business and multi-family housing recycling in the City Riverside, visit http://www.riversideca.gov/publicworks/trash/ About America Recycles Day America Recycles DaySM is a national program of Keep America Beautiful, and is the only nationally recognized day and community-driven awareness event dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the U.S. Since its inception in 1997, communities across the country have participated in America Recycles Day in November to educate, promote environmental citizenship, and encourage action. Learn more at AmericaRecyclesDay.org. About CarbonLITE Recycling: CarbonLITE 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, including PepsiCo and Nestlé Waters North America. It processes around 2 billion used bottles (100 million pounds) annually. #####