business reporter Michelle Kearns wrote a feature
today on plastics recycling, highlighting the experience of a local cider and water company that is selling plastic scrap that it previously had to pay to send to the landfill.
The company is making $36,000 to $76,000 annually by recycling its waste strapping, pallet wrap and other materials. But, perhaps just as important, the company owners feel like they're helping the environment while they also boost the company's bottom line.
Most people think of themselves as environmentalists these days -- and the market for recycled plastic is healthy enough that we're beginning to see some investment in new capacity.
"As we've all aged - my brother, my father and I - we've all become more environmentally friendly," said Garrett Mayer, vice president of Mayer Bros., the drink company. Later in the story he said there is something about recycling, whether or not it saves money, that just feels good. "I think people, in general, want to do the right thing," he said.
Kearns talked to me for this story, and I'm pleased to say that she did a good job explaining the current state of the scrap recycling sector (and she quoted me accurately, too, which is a plus).
Most plastics companies have programs in place for recycling their scrap, so this is a story that others could pitch to their own local news media.