RICHMOND, BC, April 14 /CNW/ - Catalyst's recycled newsprint mill in
Snowflake, Arizona, has achieved Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
chain-of-custody certification. Products from this mill, which has a 347,000
tonne annual capacity, can now carry the widely recognized FSC label
confirming that they were made from post-consumer sources.
"As a 100% recycled newsprint producer, Snowflake is already an
environmentally preferred supplier," said Richard Garneau, Catalyst president
and chief executive officer. "FSC certification adds to that pedigree, and
we're pleased to offer products carrying this well-recognized stamp of
approval to customers who value this distinction."
FSC certification is the most widely endorsed by leading environmental
groups and has strong market appeal among leading publishers, retail
advertisers and printers. Catalyst's certification became effective April 1
and was issued by the Rainforest Alliance's Smartwood Program. Certification
of this type requires that a minimum of 85 per cent of raw materials meet the
FSC definition of post-consumer waste on a rolling average basis. The raw
material mix at Snowflake was found to be well above this threshold and stable
relationships provide supply certainty.
Comparable FSC certification has been in place since 2006 at Catalyst's
Paper Recycling Division in Coquitlam which supplies de-inked pulp for
internal use at the company's other BC paper mills.
Recovered paper makes up 19 per cent of Catalyst's total fibre supply and
the company directs this resource to newsprint and other uses that minimize
recovery losses and bleaching requirements. Catalyst's extensive and strategic
use of recovered paper and its certified product offerings - together with
significant carbon reductions, renewable energy use and manufactured
carbon-neutral products - are the main foundations for the company's
reputation for environmental leadership.
Catalyst is the largest producer of specialty printing papers and
newsprint in Western North America and also produces market kraft pulp and
owns Western Canada's largest paper recycling facility. The company's six
mills have a combined annual production capacity of 2.5 million tonnes.
Catalyst is headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada and its common
shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol CTL.
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