Edwards Brothers Malloy receives national paper recycling award from AF&PA
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) presented Edwards Brothers Malloy, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with its 2013 Business Leadership Award. The award, which recognizes outstanding paper recycling programs, was presented at the 2013 Book Manufacturers’ Institute Management Conference.
The program stood out from the other award entries for its efforts to educate employees on recycling a variety of paper grades and its waste management and reduction business practices, which led them to achieve zero-landfill status.
“AF&PA is proud to honor Edwards Brothers Malloy recycling efforts with this year’s Business Leadership Award. They drove their zero-landfill vision by educating their employees on different recyclable grades of paper and paper-based packaging and how to recycle them, and their nearly 100 percent employee participation makes their program particularly impressive,” said Mark Pitts, AF&PA’s executive director of printing & writing papers, who presented the award.
As a book manufacturer, Edwards Brothers Malloy has long been both aware of and committed to the environmental benefits of paper recycling. A company-wide renewed commitment to sustainability in 2009 resulted in the characterization and collection of 20 different paper grades throughout the facility. Incorporating the process into the daily workflow, coupled with employee education, has increased the volume and quality of the paper being recovered.
AF&PA recently announced that 65.1 percent of all paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling in 2012. Recycling programs such as Edward Brothers Malloy’s, combined with the recycling efforts of millions of Americans each day, help drive the industry toward its goal to exceed 70 percent paper recovery for recycling by 2020.