As a producer of metal packaging, Crown Bevcan Europe & Middle East is acutely aware of its responsibility to ensure as much of its product remains within the circular economy as possible. In the U.K., for example, some nine billion canned drinks are consumed each year – 30% of which are enjoyed on-the-go. However, only 42% of local authorities provide recycling bins in public spaces – a figure that Crown is committed to help increase. As a major producer of beverage cans for the U.K. market, Crown is dedicated to ensuring it facilitates and encourages the recycling of as much of that packaging as possible. In addition to supporting a wide range of initiatives – such as the Every Can Counts programme and the Metal Recycles Forever mark – Crown purchases Packaging Recovery Notes (PRNs) to comply with U.K. packaging waste regulations, the proceeds going towards the recycling infrastructure. Crown recently partnered with Ecosurety to support the “Leeds by Example” initiative in Leeds, U.K., run by the environmental behaviour change charity, Hubbub. The organization’s research showed that the city did not provide on-the-go recycling options for food and beverage packaging. As a consequence, the amount of food and drink packaging placed into general waste bins on the streets of Leeds city centre could fill a 20-foot shipping container every three days. Click Read More below for additional detail.
Irving Pulp and Paper (IPP) has been composting 100% of organic residuals since 2004 to create Biomass Ash which is used by farmers on their fields. This has resulted in a 96% waste diversion of waste from landfills. Irving Biomass Ash is a registered agricultural product under Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) regulations. The ash is the by-product of green energy biomass boilers at three New Brunswick JDI locations: Irving Pulp & Paper in Saint John, and our sawmills – Grand Lake Timber in Chipman and Scierie Grande Rivière in Saint Leonard. As a result, IPP was able to reduce its total waste by 2,914 tonnes in 2018.
Today, 96% of waste at IPP is being diverted from landfills because of reusing or recycling.
District Heating Network
The steam that used to come out the stack at IPP is now recycled and serves as a heating source at Irving Tissue operations next door. This environmentally friendly method – district heating – reduces our dependence on fossil fuels. District heating is widely used in many Scandinavian countries who supply up to 90% of their population through recycling and reusing of excess heat and steam.
This year Lake Utopia Paper earned Natural Resources magazine’s 2019 Industry Excellence Award in Environmental Stewardship in January. A $28.8 million investment in innovative New Brunswick biotechnology has helped to reduce greenhouse gases by 23%. The new facility turns organic wastewater into clean renewable biogas.
In addition, the mill has worked to reduce solid waste by 28% (2017-2018). In 2018, LUP also diverted 80% of its waste from landfills.
more detail at: https://www.jdirving.com/Waste-Reduction-Week-2019.aspx