Manufacturing byproducts, which would otherwise be sent to a landfill, are processed and blended to create Plymouth K-Lime.[/caption]
“Where we’re really seeing an impact is no longer having to put waste in a landfill and having to pay to monitor and manage that waste,” Hardison said. “We also don’t anticipate ever having to build another cell for our landfill.”
Today, Plymouth K-Lime is reducing Domtar’s landfill waste by more than 90 percent. The project has cut annual landfill operating expenses by $150,000, and landfill operations down to just one day a week from five. The project will also help avoid future capital expenses of building new cells, which cost $3 million to $5 million each and need to be built every five years over the lifetime of the mill.
And the local economy? “In a rural area like Plymouth, which is highly agricultural, the more you can reduce costs for the local farmers, the bigger the impact you can have on the community,” said Kevin Fritze, Domtar’s corporate services and sustainability coordinator. “It really helps folks to have access to a lower-cost fertilizer that can improve the health of their crops.”
Plymouth K-Lime Earns Awards
Those types of savings, environmental wins and community benefits have earned Plymouth K-Lime a 2016 Product & Project Award from Environmental Leader. “The Domtar K-Lime project epitomizes the practical application of technology to improve sustainability across environmental, economic and social dimensions,” the organization said. “Taking materials that were being sent to the landfill and finding some sort of beneficial use for them is such a great example of sustainable innovation.”
Domtar was also recognized as a leader in sustainability in 2015 by the American Forest and Paper Association. Plymouth K-Lime earned an Innovation in Sustainability Award for being “a fantastic example of innovation and how sustainability can be simultaneously good for the environment and the bottom line,” according to AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman.