Sustainable Recycling in the Northeast explained

Ray Dube, award-winning presenter from Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England, at the Youth Environmental Summit in Barre, VT, discusses sustainability as it relates to recycling and manufacturing in the Northeast.

Ray provides tips for recycling items, including those you can’t put in your curbside bin, and explains the life-cycle of plastics, including the products produced by local manufacturers using the recycled materials.

You can watch a higher-quality version of the video he reviews in our prior blog post.

Focus on Sustainability at Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England

ccnne-sustainabilitySustainability is part of the company culture at Coca-Cola of Northern New England (CCNNE). As a leader in recycling, their goal is to collect and process as much recyclable material as possible to meet rising local demand from local companies, who in turn use the recycled materials to create new products, from bottles to fabrics to shoes.

Currently the demand for recycled materials is higher than the available supply. CCNNE endorses the use of zero-sort recycling as a way to collect as much recyclable material as possible with the lowest processing costs.

92% of all materials that come in to the CCNNE locations are recycled, leaving only 9 dumpsters per year of waste for the landfill. The company also works to reduce miles driven and increase energy and water savings.

Watch CCNNE’s video to learn more about their focus on sustainability and the local community.

Vermont Resource Recovery and Healthy Communities Expo – September 11 & 12

Coca-Cola of Northern New England is hosting the Vermont Resource Recovery and Healthy Communities Expo on September 11 & 12, 2013.

Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England

Expo events will include:

  • The latest developments in resource recovery and recycling
  • Hands-on demonstrations of the latest uses of recycled plastic and other materials by various companies throughout Vermont and the Northeast, including Vermont Teddy Bear & Husky Injection Molding
  • A demonstration of the Slingshot, a machine that converts grey water to potable water.
  • Information on the initiatives by Coca-Cola and others to promote and support active & healthy lifestyle choices

Resource recovery is an economic necessity and some of the newest techniques can be found right in our own backyard!

A delicious, healthy lunch will be provided.

Please join us and your neighbors for an interesting and educational experience.

September 11th & 12th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

at the CCNNE facilities on Hercules Drive in Colchester, Vermont

Please RSVP your date preference to

Universal Recycling of Solid Waste: What it means for VT’s future

Last June Governor Shumlin signed H.485, an Act Relating to Establishing Universal Recycling of Solid Waste. This law is designed to conserve resources and energy, maximize waste reduction and minimize our impact on the environment.

Central to the new law is a plan with a timeline over several years to optimize the effect of universal recycling and to prepare the state and solid waste facilities to handle what is ahead.


By November 1, 2013, a thorough study on all aspects of solid waste management will be complete.  This report will include a breakdown of what makes up our waste and an analysis of cost, local governance, infrastructure, natural resources and environmental impact. The legislature will use the study as a basis for their next recommendations, probably resulting in new proposed laws in the 2014 session. Continue reading

John Casella on “Resource Transfomation:” Waste Managment for the 21st Century.

Waste management isn’t just about hauling garbage to the landfill anymore.

It’s about developing the technologies that turn discarded waste into fresh resources.

This was the testimony of John W. Casella of Casella Waste Systems to the Vermont House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy this spring. Mr. Casella outlined his company’s efforts to increase the percentage of waste it recycles, while simultaneously reducing its own carbon footprint.

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