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.

Coca-Cola: How the Bottle Bill Prevents Waste Diversion

bottleThe Bottle Bill was set forth to reduce waste in the landfill, but Coca-Cola of Northern New England (CCNNE) says that it creates unnecessary costs and inhibits optimal waste diversion.

The Bottle Bill attempts to divert waste by providing a monetary incentive which can be redeemed upon return.  Beverage companies are then responsible for picking up their waste.

Many beverage companies, including CCNNE, provide the waste to local businesses to create a fiber used in various consumer products.  These companies do not gain a profit, but rather experience a loss due to the expenditure of picking up their waste.  This cost is then passed on to the businesses they work with.

CCNNE suggests a more traditional recycling program to redirect these costs and expand the scope of waste diversion.  Rather than paying handling fees at redemption centers, funds can be directed to waste processing companies to expand their facilities and increase the diversion rate.

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.

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 dfuller@ccnne.com

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