Great products begin with the right raw material, and for Rebright that means identifying high value material streams that would otherwise be landfilled. In Portland, there is no shortage of organizations on the cutting edge of waste reduction, making it an ideal location for re-manufacturing partnerships.
Long before sustainability became a buzzword, the Port of Portland made reducing waste and improving recycling a priority by starting a unique partnership with Community Environmental Services (CES), a research and service unit at Portland State University. Nearly ten years later, CES has helped significantly improve waste practices, making Portland International Airport (PDX), a national leader in waste reduction and material innovation.
In late 2012, Rebright collected over 3.5 tons of decommissioned escalator handrail from the Port of Portland. The rail provided the foundation for the development of Rebright’s first product line: BetterRail. WIth excellent performance over multiple applications including hand rail, impact rail, and custom fixtures, BetterRail offers customers a superior performing product — while also delivering social and environmental value. The Port has partnered with Rebright to continue supplying the decommissioned rail.