Fort Worth Division Awarded 2022 Environmental Industry of the Year

Green Bay Packaging Awarded 2022 Environmental Excellence Award

Honored for 13 consecutive years of regulatory compliance with the Clean Water Act and impressive environmental programming, Green Bay Packaging Inc. in Fort Worth has been named Industry of the Year in the City of Fort Worth’s annual Environmental Awards program.

The award was among several presented Thursday during the 2022 Environmental Excellence Awards. The awards have been handed out since 1999.

Fort Worth Water Director Chris Harder praised the winners for their commitment to environmental excellence and “leaving our areas of responsibility in better shape than when we started.”

“We are all in partnership together,” Harder said. “Congratulations to each of you on another year of success and achievement.”

Green Bay Packaging was also presented a Pollution Prevention Award for diverting more than 98% of facility waste from going to the landfill in 2021. Through reuse, recycling or recovery, the company diverted 7,251 tons out of 7,302 tons of waste generated.

Pollution Prevention Awards were also presented to Air Force Plant No. 4, Alcon Vision LLC., Hillshire Brands Haltom City plant, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Tyson Prepared Foods in North Richland Hills, and the Western Currency Facility.

Tarrant County College District was named winner of the Fort Worth Friendly Landscapes recognition award.

In all, 81 Fort Worth companies were honored for their compliance with wastewater regulations. Another 24 companies in six cities that contract with Fort Worth for industrial pretreatment services also earned recognition.

The City’s water utility sponsors the awards.

About Green Bay Packaging, Inc.

Established in 1933, Green Bay Packaging Inc. is a family-owned, vertically integrated manufacturing company consisting of corrugated container plants, a folding carton facility, recycled and virgin linerboard mills, pressure-sensitive label roll stock plants, specialty converting operations, timberlands, and a sawmill facility. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Green Bay Packaging is dedicated to the innovative development of its products and forestry resources, with a focus on safety, sustainability, quality, and continuous improvement throughout all 37 facilities in 16 states. For more information about Green Bay Packaging Inc., visit www.gbp.com

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Green Bay Packaging Receives 2022 WDNR Recycling Excellence Award

Green Bay Packaging Wins 2022 WDNR Recycling Excellence Award

MADISON, Wis. – In honor of America Recycles Day, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announces the winners of the 2022 Wisconsin Recycling Excellence Awards.

The winning businesses, non-profits, schools and local governments demonstrate Wisconsin’s strong commitment to waste reduction and recycling through their projects and initiatives, overall program, innovation or special events.

The award recipients shared several reasons why waste reduction and diversion are important to them, including saving landfill space and resources, reducing pollution and promoting sustainability. But the resounding motivation was strengthening their community. Many of the winners conduct outreach, work closely with partners and provide valuable services for residents and local businesses.

Box-Me! (Innovation) – Box-Me! LLC is a minority-owned cardboard recycling business operating in the Milwaukee area. Started in 2021, Box-Me! specifically targets cardboard for collection and diverts 60 tons from landfills each month. The company brings a container to businesses, free of charge, for employees to dispose of broken-down, clean cardboard. Box-Me! estimates businesses could save 75% of their recycling and trash bills.

Bucket Ruckus (Overall Program) – Started with an idea from a group of UW-Stevens Point students and an advisor, Bucket Ruckus diverts organic waste from landfills using a curbside collection system. It partners with several local businesses to reduce environmental impact, including working with Curbwise to collect the five-gallon buckets from the curb and to deliver clean buckets to customers. Curbwise is bicycle-powered and operates year-round. Materials are aggregated and shipped in bulk to composters, including an urban mushroom farm.

City of Platteville (Special Events) – In 2021, the city of Platteville revamped its Spring Cleanup into a Spring Swap. Previously held in May around the end of the UW-Platteville school year, the event was moved to April and promoted as a free, city-wide yard sale. This allowed people to reuse items instead of discarding them. Volunteers were on-site to inspect items, help unload donations and load them into vehicles for new owners. Unclaimed clothing items were also donated to the local thrift shop.

Compost Crusader (Overall Program) – Compost Crusader has been active in southeastern Wisconsin since 2014 diverting food scraps from landfill disposal. It has focused on helping corporations, schools, special events, restaurants and residents create healthy composting habits. By providing curbside compost service and utilizing three different compost sites, Compost Crusader diverts over 200,000 pounds of food scraps and yard material from landfills per month.

Green Bay Packaging (Overall Program) – In 2021, Green Bay Packaging began the operation of a new Green Bay Mill, which is taking water, energy, greenhouse gas reduction and fiber recovery to the next level. The new operation is capable of accepting more types of recyclable paper and expanding market opportunities. The facility has achieved 98% landfill diversion through technology and investment and has reduced production waste by 30%.

Greener Bay Compost (Overall Program) – Greener Bay Compost is a two-person, family-run composting business with the goal to “make Green Bay a little greener every day.” Debuting in August 2021, its residential compost pick-up service has grown from 16 to 120 residential subscribers. The service also works with small businesses. Waste such as fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds and eggshells are collected in five-gallon buckets and paper bags. At their compost site, these materials are converted into a nutrient-rich soil amendment, which they then reward to their subscribers, donate to worthy organizations and sell to the general public.

Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS) (Innovation) – Lakeshore Recycling Systems’ new materials recovery facility in DeForest began operation in 2021 and utilizes circular design processing equipment. The revolving table recirculates recyclables and enables multiple chances at sorting compared to a traditional linear conveyor belt. The design also results in lower energy demand and increases teamwork, quality of baled materials and flexibility to adapt to changing recyclable material streams. The facility also offers DeForest and Windsor residents a new recycling drop-off site.

LaPointe Materials Recovery Facility (Overall Program) – Located on Madeline Island, the LaPointe Recycling Materials Recovery Facility developed a new vision for operations and customer service. Improvements include new signage and barrel design to reduce cross-contamination and make recycling easier, providing music onsite (such as Polka Saturdays) and sorting assistance for residents who need it. Through a partnership with a local church, the facility opened a secondhand store to divert usable household items and generate revenue for a local food pantry. Summertime tours, afterschool programs utilizing recycled paint and customer appreciation days are all used to educate residents and visitors that “if it arrives on the island, it has to be taken off the island.”

Milwaukee Area Technical College of Culinary Arts (Projects or Initiatives) – Utilizing an industrial composter, the Culinary Arts Program at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) has reduced the program’s landfill output by 70%. Finished compost is used in raised bed gardens and at the Mequon campus in the horticulture class. The compost also was used to grow heirloom garlic cooked by culinary students.

Nestlé USA (Overall Program) – Nestlé’s chocolate manufacturing facility in Burlington aims to send zero waste to landfills, and it utilizes circular economy concepts and partnerships to do so. Personal protective equipment from daily operations (including ear plugs, hair nets and face masks) is sent to create fireplace pellets. Cocoa bean sacks are reused, cocoa bean waste is sent offsite for composting and bean shells are used for garden mulch. Additionally, the facility sends salvageable food waste to a local farm for animal feed and liquid waste for composting.

Town of Vinland (Projects or Initiatives) – Vinland took on a six-month challenge to collect 500 pounds of plastic bags and plastic film from its residents. Information was provided to residents via the town website and mailings to encourage involvement. In total, 545 pounds were collected and sent to Trex, a company that awarded the town with a resin bench made from the plastic. The program successfully made residents aware of the benefit of recycling, and another six-month challenge is underway.

Village of Bayside Public Works Department (Overall Program) –Bayside, a Green Tier Legacy Community, is consistently working to become more environmentally friendly. Residents can drop off items at the village hall to be recycled or reused, such as eyeglasses, ink cartridges, cell phones and plastic bags. Bayside partners with Dream Bikes and Habitat for Humanity to repurpose items and collect logs after tree removal to be repurposed into building lumber, paper pulp or firewood. The village educates residents through a comprehensive collection guide, special events and online videos.

Congratulations to the 2022 Recycling Excellence Awards winners. View their full profiles and learn more about why waste reduction and diversion are important to them on the Wisconsin Recycling Excellence Awards webpage.

For more information on recycling in Wisconsin, visit the DNR’s What to Recycle in Wisconsin webpage.

About Green Bay Packaging, Inc.

Established in 1933, Green Bay Packaging Inc. is a family-owned, vertically integrated manufacturing company consisting of corrugated container plants, a folding carton facility, recycled and virgin linerboard mills, pressure-sensitive label roll stock plants, specialty converting operations, timberlands, and a sawmill facility. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Green Bay Packaging is dedicated to the innovative development of its products and forestry resources, with a focus on safety, sustainability, quality, and continuous improvement throughout all 37 facilities in 16 states. For more information about Green Bay Packaging Inc., visit www.gbp.com

To learn more about Green Bay Packaging’s positive impact on surrounding areas click here

BDC Awards Green Bay Packaging with 2022 Outstanding Innovation Award

Green Bay Packaging Awarded BDC Award
Left to right – Masood Akhtar (BDC), Matthew Szymanski (Green Bay Packaging), Wes Ward (Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture)

Green Bay Packaging Honored with Biorenewable Deployment Consortium’s Outstanding Innovation Award

Little Rock, Arkansas, November 15, 2022The Biorenewable Deployment Consortium (BDC) honored Green Bay Packaging with the 2022 Outstanding Innovation Award for their culture of innovation through partnerships.

“BDC is proud to honor Green Bay Packaging with its Outstanding Innovation Award,” said BDC President and Co-Founder, Masood Akhtar. “Green Bay Packaging is a great example of a company that has developed a rich culture of innovation and is willing to be first in the deployment of new processes that will add value to operations and make the company more competitive and sustainable.”

“It is an honor for us to be recognized by BDC. This award is special to us because we strive for a culture of innovation through partnerships focusing on creating inventive and economical solutions for our customers. We accept this award on behalf of our team who is dedicated to making Green Bay Packaging a leader in innovation,” said Matthew Szymanski, Vice President of Mill Operations, who received the award on behalf of Green Bay Packaging

About Green Bay Packaging
Established in 1933, Green Bay Packaging Inc. is a family-owned, vertically integrated manufacturing company consisting of corrugated container plants, a folding carton facility, recycled and virgin linerboard mills, pressure-sensitive label roll stock plants, specialty converting operations, timberlands, and a sawmill facility. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Green Bay Packaging is dedicated to the innovative development of its products and forestry resources, with a focus on safety, sustainability, quality, and continuous improvement throughout all 38 facilities in 16 states. For more information about Green Bay Packaging Inc., visit www.gbp.com.

About Biorenewable Deployment Consortium LLC
BDC assists with the deployment of leading-edge advanced biofuels, biochemicals, and bioproducts technologies that do not require any long-term subsidy making them more profitable and sustainable. Since its inception in 2006, BDC has been established as an unbiased and trustworthy international company for the forest products industry, chemical industry, service and technology providers, government, and academic institutions. BDC conducts unbiased due diligence, identifies end-users and off-takers, technology and service providers, and funding providers under its brokering partnership initiative. BDC provides webinars, writes articles, and holds an annual forum, which includes a tour of a pilot, demo, or commercial facility, all while providing networking opportunities. For more information, visit BDC at www.biorenewabledc.com.

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Green Bay Packaging Achieves Green Master Status for 13th Consecutive Year

Green Bay Packaging Achieves Green Master Status For The 13th Year

Green Bay, Wis. (November, 2022)The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council has named Green Bay Packaging Inc. a Green Master within its Green Masters Program. Recognizing sustainable actions in businesses from across Wisconsin, the Green Masters program works to identify businesses that have taken at actions in each of the nine pillars of sustainability. Participants in the program receive recognition for their sustainability accomplishments and develop ideas for future sustainability actions. Green Bay Packaging has achieved the Green Master designation for its thirteenth consecutive year.

Green Bay Packaging (GBP) has incorporated sustainability into its strategic business plan and deployed it through widespread initiatives, technology, and innovation to take its sustainability efforts to the next level.

The new state-of-the-art, 100% recycled paper mill incorporates advanced recycling capacity, innovative energy efficiencies, and a circular reclaimed water system, which has so far resulted in significant reductions per ton of paper production of 30% less water, 33% less waste, 25% less greenhouse gas, and 12% less energy, all of which is expected to continue to improve. The mill, achieving the first-in-the-world net zero water use validation, is continuous testimony that GBP is a leader in water and environmental stewardship. In 2021, the Green Bay mill returned 23,000,000 more gallons to the Great Lakes than withdrawn, utilizing ‘reclaimed’ municipal wastewater to replace freshwater demand.

“The Green Bay mill investment in technology, product innovation and sustainability performance is an accelerator that demonstrates Green Bay Packaging’s commitment to sustainability within our operations and as a product value-add solution for our customers,” says corporate environment and sustainability director, Lisa Bauer-Lotto. 

Additionally, the zero waste to landfill initiative achieved 98% landfill diversion across all converting operations (in both within Wisconsin and nationally throughout the company), advancing recycling and beneficial use through upstream and downstream evaluation for product and material end-of-life solutions.

The Green Masters Program is an objective, points-based recognition, assessment benchmarking and certification program that enables Wisconsin businesses of all sizes and from any sector to join a group of like-minded companies working towards sustainability. The program has established three levels of participation: Green Apprentice, Green Professional, and Green Master. Green Bay Packaging joined the program as a Green Master in 2010. Each year at the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council Conference, the current top 20 percent of companies are identified and recognized as the Green Masters level companies and celebrated at WBSC’s Annual Sustainability Conference, which will be held this year on November 16th at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

Green Bay Packaging is honored to have been part of the Green Masters program since its inception in 2010. The program reflects an important benchmark of progress alongside other likeminded Wisconsin businesses. Participation in the program has brought insight on alternative and mindful strategies for reducing the environmental footprint while increasing community and workforce engagement and welfare.

“The Green Masters Program is a tool for businesses to assess and develop their sustainability program, to benchmark against their industry and to receive a third party certification recognizing their achievements in sustainability,” says WSBC’s managing director, Jessy Servi Ortiz. “We are proud to have companies like Green Bay Packaging leading the way in Wisconsin.”

About Green Bay Packaging, Inc.

Established in 1933, Green Bay Packaging Inc. is a family-owned, vertically integrated manufacturing company consisting of corrugated container plants, a folding carton facility, recycled and virgin linerboard mills, pressure-sensitive label roll stock plants, specialty converting operations, timberlands, and a sawmill facility. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Green Bay Packaging is dedicated to the innovative development of its products and forestry resources, with a focus on safety, sustainability, quality, and continuous improvement throughout all 37 facilities in 16 states. For more information about Green Bay Packaging Inc., visit www.gbp.com

To learn more about Green Bay Packaging’s positive impact on surrounding areas click here

AF&PA Recognizes Award-Winning Sustainability Projects

AF&PA Announces Award-Winning Sustainability Projects

5 member companies recognized for outstanding sustainability initiatives and new award for diversity, equity and inclusion.

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) today announced its Better Practices, Better Planet 2030 Sustainability Award winners, which recognize exemplary sustainability programs and initiatives in the paper and wood products manufacturing industry.

“This is the first year we are presenting awards in alignment with our new Better Practices, Better Planet 2030 sustainability goals and statement of principles on diversity, equity and inclusion,” said AF&PA President and CEO Heidi Brock. “It is exciting to see examples of these goals in action. We are also pleased to present an award for our new category focused on diversity, equity and inclusion.”  

Better Practices, Better Planet is one of the longest standing sustainability initiatives for a U.S. manufacturing industry, established more than a decade ago. The sustainability award winners demonstrate the industry’s long-held commitment to improving practices to build a better planet.  

AF&PA congratulates the following winners: 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

International Paper: Fighting Period Poverty in Our Communities

Leadership in Sustainability – Circular Value Chain

WestRock Company: Sustainable Ready Meals: Turnkey Solution 

Leadership in Sustainability – Safety 

WestRock Company: Failing Safe: Shredder Cover

Leadership in Sustainability – Water Stewardship

Green Bay Packaging Inc.: Net-Zero Water Use at Green Bay mill 

Innovation in Sustainability 

Georgia-Pacific LLC: Juno Technology 

“Congratulations to the winners,” said AF&PA Board Chair and President and CEO of Georgia-Pacific Christian Fischer. “AF&PA’s Better Practices, Better Planet 2030 initiative guides our industry toward continuous improvement, and these awards demonstrate how we successfully are moving toward a bright and innovative future.”  

Visit afandpa.org/priorities/sustainability/sustainability-awards for videos of these award-winning projects. 

About Green Bay Packaging, Inc. 

Established in 1933, Green Bay Packaging Inc. is a family-owned, vertically integrated manufacturing company consisting of corrugated container plants, a folding carton facility, recycled and virgin linerboard mills, pressure-sensitive label roll stock plants, specialty converting operations, timberlands, and a sawmill facility. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Green Bay Packaging is dedicated to the innovative development of its products and forestry resources, with a focus on safety, sustainability, quality, and continuous improvement throughout all 37 facilities in 16 states. For more information about Green Bay Packaging Inc., visit www.gbp.com 

To learn more about Green Bay Packaging’s positive impact on surrounding areas click here

Green Bay Packaging Presented with WMC Manufacturer of the Year Award

Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year, 33rd Annual Winner, Green Bay Packaging, Logo, Wisconsin
Manufacturer of the Year Awards 2022

May 20, 2022 – At the 2022 Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Awards, Green Bay Packaging took home the Grand Award in the Mega Category. This award recognizes Wisconsin companies for their extraordinary performance, strength, and vibrancy in the manufacturing industry. Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) President & CEO Kurt R. Bauer believes that “Manufacturing is the backbone of Wisconsin’s economy. It not only sustains high-wage, family-supporting careers and contributes billions to our economic growth, it also provides the tools and technology that ensure Wisconsin is a leader in innovation.”

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Green Bay Packaging Inc. Continues Expansion with the Acquisition of Interstate Packaging Corp.

Green Bay Packaging Acquires Interstate Packaging

GREEN BAY, WI – June 30, 2022 – Green Bay Packaging Inc. (GBP), announced that it has acquired Interstate Packaging Corp. located in Albert Lea, MN.  The acquisition is effective June 30, 2022.

Interstate Packaging Corp. has an excellent reputation in the marketplace for their experience and ingenuity of manufacturing innovative, high-quality corrugated products. Their Midwest roots provide the team of employees with a strong work ethic, a commitment to quality solutions and customer satisfaction. Interstate Packaging’s facility in Albert Lea, MN provides service to South Central Minnesota, Southwest Wisconsin, Iowa and Eastern South Dakota.

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Green Bay Mill is Setting A New Standard for Net Zero Water Use


Jeff Bollier, a journalist at the Green Bay Press-Gazette, recently highlighted the net-zero water validation from UL achieved by the Green Bay Mill division of Green Bay Packaging. Since the new mill began construction in 2018, Green Bay Packaging has been focused on establishing the new standard in water use for the packaging industry.

The mill accomplished this goal by partnering with NEW Water, Green Bay’s area wastewater utilities, and support from the city and county. Before paper mills were some of the heaviest users of energy, wood, and water, but sustainability efforts such as this one have shown a shift in the industry. Green Bay Packaging was one of the first pioneers of this shift when in the early 1990s the Green Bay Mill implemented it’s closed-loop water system.

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Net-Zero Water Validation Achieved by Green Bay Packaging

Green Bay Packaging's state-of-the-art paper mill in Green Bay Wisconsin

GREEN BAY, WI, February 22, 2022 – Green Bay Packaging announced today that the Green Bay mill achieved Net-Zero Water in its production of 100% recycled containerboard paper, the first-ever UL with validation of this environmental claim. Water is a vital community resource and Green Bay Packaging is committed to industry leading sustainable water use. 

“Environmental sustainability has always been at the core of Green Bay Packaging’s values. Our goal is to operate the most environmentally friendly mill system in the United States, with water quality in our communities a primary focus,” says Green Bay Packaging President and CEO, William Kress. 

The Net-Zero Water system at the Green Bay mill reduces water demand through use of reclaimed water and alternative water sources, offsetting the need for freshwater consumption. The goal in achieving “net-zero water” is to transform a water-intense process into a more efficient process, returning more water to the water source than has been removed.  

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Acumatica Customer of the Year Award Presented to Green Bay Packaging

January 24, 2022 – At Acumatica Summit 2022, Green Bay Packaging was presented with the Acumatica Customer of the Year Award. This award is presented to a customer whose company has strong core values and is doing work that aligns with those values both internally and externally in the communities they are a part of. Green Bay Packaging’s CFO Robert Kim said “Acumatica’s modern, agile platform ensures we can focus on safety, sustainability, quality and continuous improvement throughout all of our facilities.”

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