AF&PA Recognizes Edwards Brothers Malloy

John Edwards, Charlie Montgmery and Bill Upton pose for a photo on JR

From left to right, John Edwards, Charlie Montgomery and Bill Upton pose for a photo at the front entrance of our Jackson Road facility in Ann Arbor, MI.

Being good environmental stewards is a core part of who we are as a company.  We recycle or re-purpose millions of pounds of paper each year.

With the sheer volume of paper moving through our facilities (about 70 million pounds!), the opportunity to make a positive impact on the environment is great.

Over the past few years we have focused our efforts to become more proactive at managing our paper recycling initiatives and our efforts have been rewarded by the American Forest & Paper Association who recognized Edwards Brothers Malloy for our recycling program.

Paper Recycling at Edwards Brothers Malloy

Air Screen Paper Recycling System

This air-screen filtration system sits on the roof of our Jackson Road facility. It collects more than 2 and a half tons of scrap paper from manufacturing every day!

Paper is used in almost every aspect of our business from the books we make in our facilities to the invoices, memos, and marketing materials we use in our sales, marketing and customer service activities.

In many companies, technology is reducing the need for so much paper but it remains a large part of our work lives.

We have various stations set up around our buildings to make it easy for people to recycle paper and other materials instead of throwing them away.

Bins separated by the types of paper that are to be recycled there are positioned at every work area.  Desktop recovery bins are also utilized in offices.

We also maintain state of the art scrap paper retrieval systems that recover much of the left over material from manufacturing books.  We collect over two and a half tons of scrap paper every day which is recycled.

Paper Recycling Education

Cardboard Recycling

Dedicated steel bins hold cardboard and aluminum plates set aside for recycling. Dozens of such bins are scattered throughout our facilities.

Educating employees on best practices for recycling materials is an important part of our recycling program.

Pressmen train their helpers on what materials can be recycled and how to separate them.

Boxes are properly labeled so that materials don’t accidentally get mixed and cardboard bins are placed in strategic locations around the facilities.

A similar scenario plays out in bindery and supervisors instruct temporary employees on where to place materials for re-use.

The entire system is voluntary however almost 100% of employees participate.  All office and manufacturing paper is successfully recovered representing a company-wide commitment to the environment.

Paper Recycling Partnerships

Recycling Paper

Paper cut off the outside of a new role is collected in racks near press areas. Each type of paper is sorted into its own bin.

Edwards Brothers Malloy has earned designation as a Washtenaw County Waste Knot Partner in recognition of our waste management and reduction business practices and the operation of a successful recycling program.

We also work with local horse farms to recycle paper dust as bedding for horses.

Further, close interaction with our waste hauler helps us get feedback that shared with employees and used to continue to strengthen our program.

Data at  a Glance

The chart below shows our paper recycling progress for the Jackson Road facility alone over the past year (2012).  Data for all of our facilities has not yet been combined into an easily accessible central location however as we get through more to-do items on our merger list, this data will be merged to paint a clearer overall picture of how we are doing.

Paper recycling Chart

We would like to thank the American Forest & Paper Association for recognizing our recycling efforts.  Without the hard work and dedication of our employees, these amazing accomplishments would not be possible.

As an organization, we are committed to being sound environmental stewards and advocates for sustainability.

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