Barnwell, SC, March 18, 2013 –- Kronotex USA said it has begun a company-wide recycling and waste reduction program to reduce waste that would normally be sent to a landfill.
Kronotex is working with Pratt Recycling, a subsidiary of Pratt Industries, on the project.
Kronotex USA’s recycling program will involve complete separation of all waste streams, including paper, clear plastic, green strapping, corrugate, bottles, cans, metal and general waste.
The paper and corrugated products collected will be used as raw materials for one of Pratt’s paper mills — and returned in the form of 100% recycled content packaging.
Non-paper recyclables are transported to end users, while non-recyclables are used as fuel for Pratt’s clean energy plant, which powers the paper-making process.
By using 100% recycled cartons from Pratt Industries in 2012, Kronotex said it had an environmental impact of saving 36,528 trees, 9.7 million gallons of water, nearly 5,000 cubic yards of landfill diversion, 2.2 million tons of greenhouse gases avoided and nearly 7 million kWhrs of electricity saved.
Pratt Industries is the 5th largest box manufacturer in the U.S. and the world’s largest, privately-held 100% recycled paper and packaging company.