Portsmouth recycling company's growth boosts business, environment
After expanding its facilities and recycling operations, Pelech said the company will be able to process between 15.2 and 20 million pounds of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is used in soda and water bottles. He added this doubles their previous capacity of 10,000 pounds of PET annually.
The process will reduce the carbon footprint in the area and save 60,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 88,000 pounds of carbon monoxide annually, according to general manager Mike Mooney.
While 15 million pounds may seem like a significant amount, Mooney said there is plenty of room for growth as only about 30 percent of PET is recycled.
Mooney said the recycled PET is shipped a mere 11 miles away to Foss Manufacturing Company LLC, which produces a variety of non-woven fabrics and specialty synthetic fibers out of their plant in Hampton.
As a result of Poly Recovery’s expansion, Stephen Deorocki, of S&J Transportation in Lee, said his trucking company will continue to benefit from their relationship.
Coca-Cola of Northern New England, which operates a bottling plant in Londonderry, already recycles up to 6 million pounds of PET — in deposit states — each year, according to Jim Gottwald, wellness coordinator for the company.
Following the tour and ribbon cutting, State Sen. Martha Fuller Clark, D-Portsmouth, said landfills — which are fewer and far in between — are “a huge issue.”
“You’re the next generation who’s going to save us from the plastic landfills,” Shea-Porter said, adding it’s important to give people and businesses incentive to reduce the amount of trash.