Cascades Inc., headquartered in Kingsey Falls, Que. and a leader in the production and converting of packaging and tissue products, broke ground on May 31, 2010 on a new Cdn $10-million recycling operation at its East Angus, Que. mill.
The investment will be used to build a recycled pulp unit that will enable the production of kraft-type recycled pulp, with a converting capacity of 200 metric tons per day of old corrugated cardboard which will increase Cascades production of kraft paper from 43 to 70 percent. A new building will be added to the premises to house a pulper, loading platforms and a warehouse for waste paper.
Despite a difficult market, Cascades continues to invest in the production of environmentally sound paper products.
"The East Angus plant initiated a shift a few years ago towards products that were more respectful of the environment. The integration of recycled content and the obtaining of the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification were some of the actions that were implemented, but also the reduction of water and energy consumption", notes Mario Plourde, president and chief operating officer of Cascades Specialty Products Group. "Whether it is for the production of envelopes, bags, packaging or construction products, Cascades kraft papers will better serve its diversified customers by offering eco-friendly advantages."
Moreover, the old corrugated cardboard that will be converted will come from the company’s sorting centers.
"This investment integrates perfectly with our desire to include maximum recycled fibre content in our products," states Alain Lemaire, president and chief executive officer of Cascades. "It is an effective way of reusing local materials that would have probably ended up in a landfill site, while ensuring the longevity of the plant."
For more information on Cascades, visit www.cascades.com.