Recycling solutions.

Visitors survey the recycling facility.

The green economy continues to grow, as can be seen with the recent opening of the new Carbonlite recycling facility in Riverside, California. The facility is now the largest plastic bottle recycling plant in the US. And it is quite a facility at that. Anyone who tours the facility will marvel at the extensive array of conveyors and heavy machinery.

Most of us probably don’t think too much about recycling bottles, since it is easy enough to just toss our empty bottles into the recycle bin and forget about it. But the recycling process is highly involved and requires a wide range of heavy machinery to perform numerous tasks in order to properly sort, clean, melt down, reshape, and repurpose plastic, as can be seen on the Carbonlite site.

And Carbonlite’s efforts make a substantial difference when it comes down to reducing landfill material and contributing to sustainable environmental practices. Recycling plastic cuts down on emissions and energy required for gathering resources, and it keeps huge amounts of plastic out of landfills, helping to minimize our carbon footprint in the process.

In order to build a barrier to keep curious visitors safely away from the heavy machinery (but still able to view the process), Carbonlite enlisted the services of Allied Modular Building Systems. The idea was to build an 8 foot tall wall around the facility, separating the open facility floor from the heavy machinery that spanned the facility. These walls would have windows so that visitors could watch the recycling process for themselves, without getting too close to the machinery.

So Allied Modular permitted and installed over 1000 ft of free standing 8’ tall modular wall with windows and seven sliding doors throughout the wall. This wall is supported every 12 feet by a support column. The walls themselves are reusable in any application, due to their universal, modular design. And they are manufactured out of recyclable materials.

So the facility itself, being an operation dedicated to reducing waste is partially composed of building materials that are highly reusable and recyclable. Modular construction is inherently green, and represents an excellent method of construction and a promising new component of the growing green economy. Since modular walls are reconfigurable and can be easily transported, they are often re-used for multiple applications, keeping still more materials out of the land fills.

Between a state-of-the-art recycling facility like Carbonlite’s and the modular technology of Allied Modular Building Systems, tons of plastic and building materials are being kept out of the landfill every year, reducing the carbon footprint and increasing energy efficiency. These are two companies that are pursuing a business model that makes up part of the emerging green economy and they make an excellent example to follow.