Local companies demonstrate how recycling benefits the economy

Screen-Shot-2013-09-17-at-11.09Coca-Cola of Northern New England teamed up with several local companies to demonstrate how recycling benefits both the environment and the local economy.

The Colchester distribution and processing plant hosted the Vermont Resource Recovery and Healthy Communities Expo where visitors could see first hand how recycled materials are re-used by companies to create new products.

The CCNNE plant processed 6.5 million pounds of bottles and other plastics last year. The recycled plastic is turned into fibers and chips that are then sold to local businesses, who in turn use that plastic to create new products. New England companies, including The North Face, Patagonia and New Balance use the recycled plastic to create fiber and other materials for clothing and shoes. In Vermont, the Vermont Teddy Bear Company uses fiber from recycled bottles as stuffing for their iconic bears.

So next time you set out your recycling bin, you can feel good about helping the environment and supporting the re-use efforts of local business.

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