For decades, Elk County, Pennsylvania, supplied coal to power the region and beyond, including to Domtar’s local mill in Johnsonburg. But strip mining has left behind a legacy of scarred land, marked by acidic soils devoid of organic matter and nutrients – conditions not suitable for growing vegetation.
Driven by the need to find a new home for its manufacturing byproducts, a passion for wildlife, and a desire to leave a different kind of legacy, the Johnsonburg Mill found the perfect solution.
From 2016 to 2018 , the Delaware plant made the journey from 80% to 100% beneficial reuse of its manufacturing byproducts.
When Mark Clack joined Domtar in 2016 as the manager of the Delaware, Ohio, personal care facility, he noted that an impressive 80 percent of the manufacturing byproducts was being beneficially used or recycled. “Given Domtar’s commitment to sustainability, and my experience helping a microbrewery I previously worked at in California achieve zero waste to the landfill, I saw the opportunity to do the same in Delaware.”
Domtar’s support for and appreciation of military veterans extends from corporate headquarters to our pulp and paper mills. Now we have an opportunity to highlight some of our veteran colleagues on television. The “Military Makeover” series, which airs on the Lifetime television network, recently visited our Kingsport, Tennessee, mill to film interviews for an upcoming episode.
What do you get when you do well financially and good environmentally? Happy shareholders and a healthier planet.
There’s no shame in admitting that the primary motivation for most of our Continuous Improvement (CI) initiatives is improving our bottom line. In a competitive environment, maximizing our efficiencies and reducing our costs are part of the job. But oftentimes, lowering costs and improving environmental performance go hand in hand – that’s called sustainability.
Watching water move down a river can lull us into thinking it’s as free as it is free-flowing. But this resource, which we share with our communities, isn’t free. In recent years, Domtar has taken a closer look at the costs of using water in making pulp and paper. And thanks to a variety of process improvements, we are seeing greater water efficiency and lower costs.
We are intentional about our water efficiency, and we return nearly 90 percent of it to its source. In some cases, the water we return is cleaner and clearer than it was originally.
Understanding risks to our water supplies helps us better focus efforts and resources where they will do the most good. Often when people think about water risk, the first thing that comes to mind is water quantity or availability, but this is just one component. Water quality, regulatory and reputational risks also need to be considered.
Are women catching up in the race for equality at the corporate leadership level? We asked one of our board members to share her thoughts on this as well as her experiences as a woman leader in a male-dominated corporate world.
In 1995, Marie Cyr became Windsor Mill’s first female engineer when she accepted a job as a project engineer two years after graduating from L’Ecole Polytechnique (now Polytechnique Montréal) with a degree in mechanical engineering.