Blog : Coca-Cola Co. of Northern New England Receives Visit from N.H. Environment and Agriculture Committee

By Craig | Oct 1, 2014 | in

Last week The New Hampshire House Environment and Agriculture Committee toured several state businesses to look at their environmental policies and practices. One of their stops included a tour of the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England (CCNNE) facility in Londonderry. Eight committee members were in attendance including Rep. John O'Connor, R-Derry, and Rep. Lisa Whittemore, D-Londonderry, who were impressed with CCNNE's extensive recycling and sutainability initiatives.

"This has been very eye-opening for us to see the breadth and depth of the efforts they are making," said Rep. Whittemore in an interview with the Eagle-Tribune newspaper.

Lawmakers, said Rep. O'Connor, make regular trips like these to keep abreast of the work New Hampshire businesses do to help maintain a healthy environment in addition to offering advice on animal and food issues.

Led by sustainability manager Ray Dube, director of capabilities, Mike Elmer and general manager Rick Neal, the tour showcased CCNNE's recycling programs for their plastic and aluminum containers. The tour also highlighted CCNNE's work with Polartec Fabrics, who took 6.5 million pounds of CCNNE's recycled PET bottles to make fleece jackets for companies like The North Face and Patagonia. CCNNE also collects empty aluminum cans in 600 to 700 lb bales which are smelted into 70 lb ingots that are then resold to companies to manufacture new beverage cans. CCNNE also reuses water and has changed their delivery routes for efficiency saving an estimated 250,000 gallons of fuel.

The Londonderry plant boasts a 93% recycling diversion rate and in 2013 sold over 12 million pounds of recycled commodities, working closely with Hampton, New Hampshire's Foss Manufacturing to process its recycled bottles and turn it into usable material. Its unique Energy Management Systems installed in the company's coolers and used in stores and restaurants, reduces clients' energy use by 35 percent.

CCNNE's sustainability initiatives have been in place for nearly 20 years, something Dube likes tomention saying that the company was sustainable before people knew what the word meant. Dube travels across the region presenting CCNNE's sustainability inititiatives to schools, colleges, businesses and conferences. Last year Dube brought his presentation to 80 different conferences, middle schools, high schools and college campus events totaling over 100 days. Part of the joy of doing this for Dube is talking to people and seeing their perceptions of the company change.

To read the full article in the Eagle-Tribune, click here.