News : N.H. House Committee Tours Londonderry Businesses

Oct 1, 2014

Originally published in the Eagle-Tribune

By Julie Huss 

LONDONDERRY — The New Hampshire House Environment and Agriculture Committee hit the road Friday to see a corporate recycling program and a popular apple orchard firsthand. Eight committee members toured the Coca-Cola facility on Symmes Drive to see its recycling program. Rep. John O'Connor, R-Derry, said visits like this are a regular part of the group's work.

He said lawmakers take several trips a year to offer advice on regulatory issues concerning food, environmental impact, or animal issues. "We get involved in anything with the environment," he said.

Rep. Lisa Whittemore, D-Londonderry, said she is impressed with what Coca-Cola is doing. "This has been very eye-opening for us to see the breadth and depth of the efforts they are making," she said.

At Coca-Cola, that includes taking simple items like small plastic straps and recycling them into building materials or textiles.
About 93 percent of all material that comes into the Londonderry plant is recycled in some way.

Ray Dube, Coca-Cola's sustainability manager, said the company has practiced environmentally safe measures for a long time. "We were sustainable before people knew what sustainability was," Dube said.

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