As part of our series of blog posts on sustainability, we would like to introduce you to a few of our operations and present some of their key sustainability achievements. This week, learn about our Catawba (South Carolina) pulp and paper mill and view the operation’s papermaking video.
Established in 1959, Resolute’s Catawba mill, located on the Catawba River in South Carolina, is an integrated paper and market pulp manufacturing facility. It is the largest lightweight-coated paper facility in North America and one of the largest coated mechanical paper mills in the world.
Paper manufactured at Catawba is used in some of the most widely circulated magazines, catalogs and retail publications in the world. The mill also produces market pulp that is sold to other paper manufacturers worldwide.
The mill employs 600 and generates $426,400,000 in economic impact to the community, including $73 million in salaries and benefits.
In 2011, the mill received the outstanding business “Spare the Air” award from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control for its eﬀorts to improve regional air quality.
Here are some of the Catawba mill’s sustainability achievements:
- One of four U.S. mills to be part of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Voluntary Advanced Technology Incentives Program.
- ISO 14001-certified environmental management system.
- Maintains direct greenhouse gas emissions below the pulp and paper industry average.
- Generates 42 MW of electricity onsite from carbon neutral biomass.
- Utilizes 9,000 tons of tire-derived fuel per year – equivalent to 750,000 tires annually.
- Recycles or reuses ﬂuorescent light bulbs, batteries, boiler ash, antifreeze, printer cartridges, personal computers, two-way radios, aerosol cans, corrugated boxes, small fuel cylinders, oil ﬁlters, aluminum drink cans, and used oil.
- Responsibly sources wood ﬁber through certiﬁcation to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Fiber Sourcing standard and the SFI, The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest
- Certification (PEFC) and the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Chain-of-Custody standards.
- Partnered with other organizations to develop and teach South Carolina’s Forestry Best Management Practices (BMPs), which set and monitor harvesting standards to ensure forest water quality is protected.
- Pioneered the “Bluebird Nesting Program”, aimed at increasing the dwindling population of bluebirds by distributing more than 7,000 nesting boxes in 15 states since 1974.
To learn about papermaking, view the Catawba mill video.