Parallel Products Receives Draft Environmental Impact Report Certificate for South Coast Green Energy Center

Sandra D. Fogell

NEW BEDFORD, MA, February 11th, 2020 – Parallel Products announced it has received their Draft Environmental Impact Report Certificate from the Massachusetts Environmental Protection Act (MEPA). 

Parallel Products recycles 70% of the glass and plastics collected under the deposit bill legislation in Massachusetts, and is the only operating glass recycling facility in the state. 

“Over the last year, we have worked with engineers, environmental scientists, and state regulators to conduct extensive studies so our facility will meet and exceed all state, federal, and local regulations in preparation to submit our Final Environmental Impact Report,” VP Tim Cusson said. “We will continue to work diligently with our experts to address any potential issues as they arise, including regulation of poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), as we aim to provide a facility that allows New Bedford and Massachusetts to take step towards zero waste.”

Parallel strives to be a good neighbor and has conducted an extensive outreach program throughout the approval process to receive feedback from the community. To date, Parallel Products has hosted 7 community meetings and open houses, conducted 22 meetings with key stakeholders in the community, and taken project information to the doorsteps of nearby residents by knocking on 1,300 doors and providing them with postcards with pre-paid postage to submit any questions and concerns they have with the South Coast Green Energy Center. 

To view the DEIR Certificate, please visit https://parallelproductssustainability.com/wpcontent/uploads/2020/02/15990-DEIR-Parallel-Products-of-New-England.pdf

About Parallel Products

Parallel Products is North America’s leader in unsaleable Beverage Destruction and Recycling. Operating in New Bedford for over 11 years, we currently employ 75 individuals in the New Bedford area. 

Each year, we destroy and recycle over 15 million cases of distressed and unsaleable beverage products. Through these activities, we recycle and repurpose over 200 million pounds of packaging materials including glass, aluminum and plastics. Additionally, we recover and manufacture over 6.5 million gallons of waste-derived ethanol.

At Parallel, our goal is to recover and reuse the maximum amount of resources from the products and wastes that we receive. Because of our ethanol recovery and plastics sorting operations, we have set the bar for recovery/reuse in our industry. Parallel Products continuously works to develop projects that will further our position in the renewable energy sector. As our Nation’s agenda is increasingly focused on the need for renewable energy, we are finding new ways to make significant contributions.

For any questions or concerns, please reach out to us at outreach@parallelproducts.com. All of our plans for the South Coast Green Energy Center are available online at https://parallelproductssustainability.com.