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Sustainability brings rewards at Sappi plant


March 6, 2020

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The Sappi mill in Cloquet was recognized globally last month with a SEAL Environmental Initiative Award for work it's done over the last 20 years to reduce and reuse waste that formerly went into a landfill, but now powers the mill and helps improve soil conditions for farmers who participate in a low-cost program.

Being green has its benefits. Just ask the folks at Sappi.

What started almost 20 years ago as an effort to prolong the life of the on-site landfill at the Cloquet paper mill has turned into an environmental success story that goes beyond Minnesota, even beyond North America.

Sappi North America - and particularly the Cloquet mill - was one of 41 companies recognized globally last month with a SEAL Environmental Initiative Award.

It all started with the landfill. With the Cloquet mill adding about 120,000 tons of waste each year in the early 2000s, its landfill was predicted to fill up by 2...

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