Mark Andy has begun supplying a majority of the operational waste from its US manufacturing operation in St. Louis, Missouri as a raw material in the production of ENVIRO-Fuelcubes as part of its corporate responsibility initiatives and commitment to reduce its carbon footprint by transforming waste disposal methods.
ENVIRO-Fuelcubes are a green fossil fuel substitute produced by Materials Lifecycle Management Company (MLMC), which converts secondary recovered materials (SRM) – non-residential, non-hazardous, solid materials that are being landfilled or incinerated. It has developed a manufacturing process which converts SRM into ENVIRO-Fuelcubes that are used by energy-consuming manufacturers to replace and reduce coal consumption.
When operating at full capacity, MLMC will divert 160,000 tons of material waste from landfills and produce 120,000 tons of renewable alternative fuel for Missouri’s energy-intensive industries. The remaining 40,000 tons of material will be captured and classified for a higher use within the recycling and re-use industry. From a greenhouse gas perspective, ENVIRO-Fuelcubes significantly reduce the amount of carbon dioxide as well as other toxic gases from being emitted into the air in Missouri from traditional fossil fuels.
Mark Andy has started diverting an estimated 26 tons of SRM waste per month (278 tons annually) to the MLMC manufacturing facility to produce the ENVIRO-Fuelcubes. This will eliminate approximately 90 percent of Mark Andy’s factory waste from going to landfill and reduce overall waste removal expense by nearly 42 percent a year. The press manufacturer said the move is ‘a bold step’ in an effort to positively impact the community and promote a greener environment.
Mary Sullivan, director of global marketing at Mark Andy, said: ‘We are excited to further pursue ways to positively impact the environment and our local community. Mark Andy now has a sustainability partner in MLMC that truly reinforces our commitment to improving the environment and support our green initiatives. It’s a win-win for everyone. As a larger industrial manufacturer in the region, we look forward to making a big difference.’
Written for: Labels & Labeling Magazine
August 20, 2015