New Hampshire Plastics Recycler Expands

Poly Recovery adds plant space and also wins regional recycling award.

July 31, 2013
Recycling Today Staff
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Plastics recycling firm Poly Recovery, Portsmouth, N.H., is expanding its capacity to be able to recycle up to 22,500 tons of material annually.

The company embarked on its expansion project in early June, on the same day it was awarded the 2013 Business Recycler of the Year at the Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) 32nd Annual Northeast Recycling Conference & Expo.

John Pelech, owner of Poly Recovery, says the additional space and new machinery will be necessary to handle the more than 20 tractor-trailers full of unprocessed material sitting outside Poly Recovery’s warehouse, which also is “overflowing with processed goods.”

Pelech says Poly Recovery has acquired an additional 15,000 square feet adjacent to its current location in Portsmouth. He says the expansion will help Poly Recovery as it works with companies throughout New England.

Red Hook Brewery in Portsmouth is one of those customers, with its Director of Operations Joe Thorner saying of Pelech, “He has truly been an innovator in creating value for products that Redhook previously paid to landfill. Poly Recovery’s development of a recovery method for ‘poly’ resins and finding a vendor to purchase those resins is astounding.”
Red Hook was among the companies that nominated Poly Recovery for the NRRA’s Business Recycler of the Year Award. “John’s creativity, innovation, and untiring commitment to build accountability into the culture of recycling makes him the best candidate for this award,” says Thorner. “I am proud to be partnered with Poly Recovery.”

Stonyfield Yogurt founder Gary Hirshberg says “John and Poly Recovery are not simply recyclers… these guys are literally combating climate change with their business model.”

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