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Green, from soup to nuts

New eatery takes recycling seriously

Brian Treitman of B.T.'s Smokehouse cooks up some of his signature barbeque. His business is joining with Pioneer Brewing for a new Sturbridge eatery. Courtesy photo. (click for larger version)
June 18, 2009
STURBRIDGE — A new eatery coming to Sturbridge may turn your preconceived notion of recycling on its head.

At first, the mere thought of tossing plastic forks and knives, disposable cups, or even the dreaded to-go container into a compost pile sounds like blasphemy to the environmentally vigilant.

Made from the proper ingredients however, items once thought to be un-recyclable may now become a method of fertilization at the very farms providing food for the establishments distributing the disposables.

Brian Treitman, owner of B.T.'s Smokehouse on Route 20 in Brimfield and Sturbridge, already integrates these eco-friendly disposables at both of his locations. About to begin a fulltime joint venture with Pioneer Brewing Company in Sturbridge's downtown, Treitman said his green practices will be a large part of the new operation.

"There's just so much waste," Treitman said. "I watch how much trash that's produced from me, from other restaurants, and I tried to find a way to decease that and lower my carbon footprint."

See Friday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage.

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