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Blue Mountain Plastics/Ice River Springs committed to their customers, and the environment




Thank you to all that donated to the Blue Mountain Plastics (an Ice River Springs company, Bottle Drive, held from October 20 – 24th.
“A special thank you to the students of Ms. Crean's Grade 6/7 class from Hyland Heights Elementary School for their amazing Breast Cancer posters that adorned our trailer for the bottle drive. With all efforts we were able to raise just over $600,” said Amanda Fockler, Operations Lead for BMP.
BMP plans on holding a bottle drive every year going forward and hopes that the response continues to grow as the community becomes aware of what the company does and what its employees believe in. Bigger and better things to come!” said Fockler.
The company also sold pink–tinted bottles during the month of October in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness month. For each case sold, 25¢ was donated to either the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation or the National Breast Cancer Foundation in the US.
BMP/Ice River Springs has committed to donate a total of $90,000 to the two charities.
In addition to charitable works, BMP/Ice River Springs is also committed to recycling at its state-of-the-art plastics recycling facility.
“We buy mixed plastic bales and other forms of unrefined plastic from municipal recycling programs and businesses. We process them, sorting the materials into different types and colours of plastic. We produce pellets from the food grade plastic which can then be used to produce new food containers including 100 per cent recycled blue and green bottles,” explained Jamie Gott, President and CEO.
Plastic labels and bottle caps are then recycled into beautiful sturdy outdoor furniture by a partner company, C.R. Plastics.
“Independent studies show that using recycled plastic uses considerable less energy than using virgin materials. NAPCOR details how a pound of virgin plastic requires 31.92KBtus, whereas pellets of recycled plastic require only 7.43KBtus/lb. There's already enough plastic in the world today, we just need to find ways to reuse it,” said Gott.
BMP processes plastic food and beverage containers and turns them into food grade plastic, which Ice River Springs uses to produce its water bottles – that can then be recycled over and over again.
“In 2009 we went ahead and made a large investment in equipment and buildings to become the first beverage company in North America to produce recycled content in a closed loop,” explained Gott.
In addition to recycling plastic the company has been reducing its environmental impact by optimizing freight efficiencies, piping water from the source, using solar energy arrays and geothermal cooling and planting 70,000 trees to capture carbon dioxide. For every pound of material used greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced by –71% and energy consumption reduced by –84%.
“BMP/IRS is family owned and family run,” said Sandy Gott, Executive VP. “Our goal is to be the leading environmental beverage company in North America and we are well on our way to offering our consumers a healthy and environmentally friendly option when they choose their bottled water.”
For more information on Blue Mountain Plastics or Ice River Springs visit them online at iceriversprings.com
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