How one team seeks ways to cut waste, conserve resources
Matt Mercer and his team don’t let their successes in reducing waste and conserving resources stop them from always looking ahead at what they can do better.
“It’s a mindset of continuous improvement. When we put our recycling program in place, we thought, ‘Why stop there? Let’s see how we can eliminate all of the waste we send to landfills’,” said Mercer, environment and safety leader at Boeing’s Oklahoma City facility.
Managing our solid waste and finding ways to minimize it remains a focus at all of Sappi North America’s mills.
The conversion of the Cloquet pulp mill to manufacture dissolving pulp resulted in increased quantities of lime mud due to the cooking requirements of this higher-purity pulp. The impact of this change can be seen in both the total solid waste to landfill and the tonnes of solid waste processed through the Cloquet Mill’s beneficial use program with local farmers. Lime mud and boiler ash are used as a soil amendment to help farmers raise the soil pH, improving growing conditions for certain crops.
Be sure to check out this new infographic on efficient use of materials and waste minimization in papermaking.
In manufacturing our products, Sappi North America utilizes each and every input to the greatest possible degree. By integrating flow loops into critical stages of the manufacturing process, we can capture and re-use excess material, and we further minimize waste to landfill by recycling anything we can’t re-use.
Making capsule recycling easier for consumers worldwide
As a firm believer in the value of aluminium and the importance of recycling, Nespresso is working with numerous industry and governmental stakeholders to develop country-specific systems for the collection and recycling of used Nespresso capsules in countries where consumers cannot recycle their capsules through national waste recycling programs.
Pilot Program Planned for Yosemite, Grand Teton and Denali National Parks
Cherry Hill, N.J., June 8, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Subaru, recognized for having the first automotive assembly plant in America designated as zero landfill, today announced it will share its knowledge of zero landfill practices with the National Park Service to reduce landfill waste from the parks.
A circular economy is one that is restorative by design, and which aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value, at all times. It sounds great on paper, but how does it work in reality, and who’s doing the work to get us there? Is it just the latest business buzzword, as Google Trends looks to indicate, or is this just the beginning of a new economic revolution?
Law Signed by Governor, Requires Municipalities to Make Payments in Lieu of Taxes When Competing Outside of Their Political Boundary
WASHINGTON, April 3, 2015 /3BL Media/ — The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) applauded Wednesday’s signing of SB1187 by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, legislation that will expand laws requiring fair competition between municipalities and private waste and recycling companies in the state. The Arizona chapter of NWRA led efforts to adopt this legislation working closely with state legislators, member companies and communities to further level the playing field for all waste and recycling service providers in Arizona.
GM’s expendable packaging subject matter expert offers 7 tips to companies looking to reduce packaging waste.
Packaging waste is an important issue businesses and consumers alike must address as it accounts for as much as 40 percent of all solid waste in municipal waste streams.
According to the U.S. EPA, residential, commercial and institutional users generate more than 75 million tons of container and packaging waste each year. Yet only about half of that waste is properly recycled, which means about 37 million tons of packaging waste ends up in a landfill.