Blog : Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England Facility Tour

By Kelly | Aug 22, 2014 | in

I visited the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England (CCNNE) where I received a tour of their distribution facility in Seabrook, New Hampshire. Walking the premises with CCNNE's Director of Capabilities, Mike Elmer, and Sustainability Manager, Ray Dube, I was given a comprehensive insider look into the company's great recycling initiatives.

CCNNE is the fourth largest, independent Coca-Cola bottler; a franchise authorized by CCNNE's parent company, but owned individually carrying Coca-Cola's iconic name and branding while remaining a locally operated New Hampshire business. The business' employees, from those at their desks to the drivers of the CCNNE's distribution trucks, care about the environment and consider working for CCNNE more than just a job; to them it's a lifestyle choice. The employees are aware of the impact CCNNE has on the environment and the state.

In 2012 6,000 truckloads of recyclable materials were brought to the Londonderry production facility, emptying the center's dumpster nine times. That equates to over 60 trailer loads of materials recycled in 2012. They explained that during the summer months. A large truck gets filled in the Seabrook facility with empty bottles to recycle about every two weeks. However, it is not only the cans and plastic bottles that Coca Cola recycles. Other materials include: shrink film, cardboard, syrup barrels, cooler gliders, water and more.

Coca-Cola of Northern New England uses plastic trays and pallets to transport products. Doing so has saved 154 million pounds of cardboard over the past 17 years using, and 272,000 oak trees which were previously used to make shipping crates. When the plastic trays break down from wear and tear, they are also recycled by melting them down and remaking them into new trays.

I was able to learn about the recycling of Polyethylene terephthalate, (PET) bottles are baled and shipped to Albany, N. Y. where they are then processed by UltrePET, a major supplier of Unified Fiber who manufactures yarn for Polartec in Lawrence, Mass. and Hudson, N.H. Polartec creates fleece for The North Face Company, all the fabric for Patagonia as well as fabric for L.L. Bean and other clothing companies. It was great and informative to hear how all these companies are connected to make great products with recycled materials.

CCNNE puts a lot of thought into getting rid of waste in a mindful and environmentally friendly manor. Learning about the company's sustainability initiatives gave me a new respect for CCNNE and its parent company. It is great to see a global company make the environment, as well as a state's local economy, a priority.

To learn more about the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England and their sustainability program, click here