Made in USA: California startup recycles bottles

Sacramento BeeDecember 20, 2010 

The journey begins with a plastic bottle tossed into a California recycling bin.

And it ends, more often than not, in China, where that bottle is turned into a cheap trinket or toy, a long-distance, low-grade form of recycling that contributes to global warming and sows no green jobs in California. Now a company in Turlock is starting to change that.

With dreams the size of a Central Valley super-farm, Peninsula Plastics Recycling is buying up billions of California plastic bottles and feeding them into a jungle of industrial equipment in hopes of jump-starting a new eco-friendly food packaging industry.

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