The Newark Group takes paper recycling to a whole new level.
Narrator: It’s a fact … since 1980, the amount of municipal solid waste in the U.S. has increased over 60%. Americans now generate over a quarter of a billion tons of waste each year – almost five pounds per person per day.
But there is positive news. Paper now accounts for more than a third of all recyclables collected in the U.S. – that’s a recycle rate of over 60% with cardboard at over 80%.
At Wilsonart, we continuously strive to improve our products and processes to ensure minimal impact on the world around us. That’s why Wilsonart laminates contain the highest percentage of post-consumer recycled content in the industry.
We achieve this by purchasing product such as kraft paper, the basic substrate for Wilsonart laminate, from partners such as The Newark Group – the largest open-market sellers of recycled paperboard, with eight mills in North America producing over one million tons of 100% recycled paperboard annually.
Nate Ridings, Ohio Paperboard Corp., Balitmore, Ohio: Here at Ohio Paperboard in Baltimore, Ohio we receive between 150 and 450 tons of recovered fiber each day. We’re able to produce usable and reclaimed 300 to 350 tons of paper each day that is kept from going into the landfills.
When we receive our raw materials in, we segregate those materials based on what is in them. We recuperate old corrugated container which is from shopping centers and local grocers, double-lined kraft which is from box manufacturers and clippings, hogged cores which are from other industrial manufacturers and office waste and mixed waste which is often from you local neighborhood pick-ups and school drives.
I kind of like to refer to paper making as cooking. We’ll get several grades of paper just like we would have ingredients for a recipe. Each customer has their own recipe requirements so what we do is we segregate our recycled or recovered fibers…put that onto our conveyor system to feed into our stock prep system. That recipe is then blended into a pulper and that stock is cleaned either removing heavy or light contaminants as well as large and small containments and produced into usable stock and put onto our paper machines and dried and converted into product for our customer.
Well, we like to think of ourselves as innovators but it’s truly our customers that are innovators. For example, Wilsonart has found a project for us to use our recycled kraft sheet into one of their products that helps to create a more green environment. They are the ones that have become the innovators by giving us a problem to develop and execute and we enjoyed working with them to make that product happen.
John Glasier, Newark America, Fitchburg, Massachusetts: Right now we’re in Newark America. We’re located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts and this building that you see behind me is what we call stock prep or fiber supply where we bring in all of our loose material, all or our waste paper is delivered here via truck from surrounding towns in New England.
This material is all from curbside collection. For the most part it is single stream, which makes it easier on the homeowner where the actual recycling occurs. They’re allowed to mix their bottles and cans and so forth with the newsprint. From there it goes to a facility where they sort it out and from that sorting where they take out the non-paper products they’ll bring the paper products to us.
We receive 30 plus trucks per day. Everything runs across what we call our Starstream which separates the OCC from the corrugated containers from the newsprint. After we’ve pulped up the recycled mixed paper we run it through on of our two Fourdrinier machines. The one that makes the board for Wilsonart takes and makes rolls of paper and we’ll take these rolls, these master jumbo rolls of paper, slit them down to the width that Wilsonart is looking for and then from there ticket them, strap them and put them in a warehouse and they’re ready to be shipped as a final product.
The Newark Group as a corporation has been recycling wastepaper for over 80 years and we’re very proud of that fact. Most of our paper is used in short-term applications … boxes, books and alike. It’s certainly gratifying to know that one application is like a Wilsonart where they’re using a long-term application … they’re putting it in their laminate product so it has a long-term use.