News : Redhook completes 'Recycling Trifecta'

Mar 18, 2013

From Seacoast Online

By Heikki Perry

PORTSMOUTH — Redhook Brewery is well-known for its sustainability practices, partnering with EcoMovement Consulting & Hauling of Dover, for example, on a top-to-bottom composting program, picking up Redhook's food scraps and taking the refuse to compost farms, where it is mixed with carbon sources and made into nutrient-rich soil.

But it took a visit from representatives of a recycling company, Poly Recovery, based at Pease International Tradeport, to prompt the brewery to take a second look at the tons of plastic it was throwing out, resulting in Redhook's sustainability program ascending to a higher level.

Redhook now collects what was formerly plastic refuse — green strapping made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET), LDPE keg caps, and grain bags — and sends it to Poly Recovery. The recycling firm transforms the material into a fine resin and sends it 11.8 miles down the road to Hampton's Foss Manufacturing, which turns the product into clothing, footwear and carpeting, among other finished products. The three companies call their collaboration "The Recycling Trifecta."

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