First in Wisconsin: Reclaimed Water System in Northeast Wisconsin Launched



Unique Circular Reclaimed Water System Online at Green Bay
Packaging Paper Mill


(Brown County, Wis.) – Brown County, the City of Green Bay, Green Bay Packaging, and NEW
Water are happy to announce that a first-of-its-kind, circular reclaimed water system at the
new Green Bay Paper Mill is online.


“This investment sends a strong message to the community that Green Bay Packaging is
committed to Brown County and protecting our water quality,” says Brown County Executive
Troy Streckenbach.


This unique reclaimed water system is the first in the state of Wisconsin and the country. It
allows the mill to operate with the water it needs without discharging a single drop of
wastewater into the Fox River. Their wastewater is discharged to NEW Water, the brand of
the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District, where it is treated and returned back to the
company through an underground piping system.


“Creative solutions like this will be critical to the future of protecting water,” said Tom
Sigmund, Executive Director of NEW Water. “This initiative represents sustainability in
action, and we are proud to be a part of it.”


“In addition to safety, environmental sustainability has always been at the core of Green Bay
Packaging’s values. Our goal is to operate the most environmentally friendly mill in the
United States. Water cleanliness in the Fox River watershed is one of our primary focuses
with our sustainability efforts,” says Green Bay Packaging Vice President – Mill Operations,
Matt Szymanski.


The new Green Bay Packaging recycled paper mill started production in March of this year.
The expanded production capabilities of the new mill are a great economic benefit to
Northeast Wisconsin, while significantly reducing the environmental footprint of the
operation. The new mill operates within a state-of-the-art complex that utilizes methane from
the biological reactor to offset natural gas demand, operates with the most energy efficient
papermaking equipment available, and recycles water with a leading edge reclaimed water
system.


In 2018, Brown County invested $5 million to create the Fox River Papermaking Corridor,
allowing for the retention of hundreds of family-supporting jobs, creating a thousand new
construction jobs, providing environmental benefits to our community, and making highspeed Internet available to papermaking facilities and their subsidiaries in the whole
corridor.


You can watch a brief video at this link: https://youtu.be/Buz8YWsUyFM