The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) recognized NewPage Corporation as a leader in sustainability with two 2014 AF&PA Sustainability Awards. The awards were presented at AF&PA's annual meeting on Friday, Nov. 7 in Carefree, Ariz.
Designed to recognize exemplary sustainability programs and initiatives in the paper and wood products manufacturing industry, the annual awards are given based on the merit of entries received across multiple categories.
"What started as a search for cleaner paper for the NewPage Duluth mill became a way to support local organizations, educate people about paper recovery, and create an all round recycling success story," said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman.
The NewPage Duluth Mill Recycling Recovery Program at their Duluth, Minn. mill was designed to get cleaner recovered paper to the mill. In this innovative recycling program, participating entities learn about recycling and receive funding for their organizations, and the mill receives clean, high-quality, recyclable paper. The program has recovered 2,900 tons of paper and contributed $500,000 to over 120 participating groups.
"The NewPage Escanaba Mill Water Reduction Initiative provides a simple yet effective way to preserve and manage a renewable resource that is vital to the papermaking process," said Harman.
The NewPage Escanaba, Mich. mill carried out a comprehensive program of repairs and optimization, resulting in measurable water reductions throughout mill area operations. The reduced water use led to reduced costs required for the heating, pumping, and treatment of water and supports ongoing resource conservation efforts at the mill.
"I would like to thank AF&PA for acknowledging our achievements at our Duluth and Escanaba mills," said NewPage Corporation President & CEO George Martin. "We are proud to instill successful programs that are mutually benefial to our operations and their surrounding communities."
AF&PA member company applicants are considered in two categories. Projects that support progress toward the Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals qualify for recognition in the "Leadership" category, which has five subcategories that correspond to the goals: Paper Recovery for Recycling, Energy Efficiency/Greenhouse Gas Reduction, Sustainable Forest Management, Safety, and Water. The "Innovation in Sustainability" award is reserved for projects that merit recognition for their contribution to sustainable business practices, not one of the goals specifically.
AF&PA's 2014 Sustainability Report showed that the U.S. pulp, paper, packaging and wood products manufacturing industry has made significant, measurable progress toward achieving its Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals.
For more information about the Sustainability Awards program and AF&PA's Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 initiative, visit afandpa.org/sustainability.
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry's sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures approximately $210 billion in products annually, and employs nearly 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states. Visit AF&PA online at www.afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.
NewPage is a leading producer of printing and specialty papers in North America with $3.1 billion in net sales for the year ended December 31, 2013. NewPage is headquartered in Miamisburg, Ohio, and owns paper mills in Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. These mills have a total annual production capacity of approximately 3.5 million tons of paper.
The company's portfolio of paper products includes coated, supercalendered and specialty papers. These papers are used in commercial printing to create corporate collateral, magazines, catalogs, books, coupons, inserts and direct mail as well as in specialty paper applications including beverage bottle labels, food and medical packaging, pressure-sensitive labels and release liners.