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Title:2013 Governor's Sustainability Award Winner: The Label Printers L.P.
Subject(s):Printing industry -- Environmental aspects -- Illinois -- Case studies
Pollution prevention -- Illinois -- Case studies
Abstract:In 2011, The Label Printers began closely tracking their waste generation, breaking their waste stream down into 19 material categories such as press stock, printing plate material, core plugs, electronics, and material recovery. By seeking out alternatives to landfill for each category, The Label Printers has achieved an 82% landfill diversion rate. The Label Printers recently achieved a breakthrough in diverting label production waste – their largest waste category. This material is shredded and formed into fuel pellets which are used in various energy applications including offsetting coal usage and augmenting biomass fuel sources. The Label Printers’ material recovery effort has three components: Reuse, resale, and donation. In 2012, the company moved away from using waste matrix rolls with a disposable core by implementing a reusable core system that eliminated 14,000 cores (2,750 pounds) from the waste stream annually. Furthermore, any label stock that does not meet the company’s quality or tolerance standards is removed from inventory and sold to a partner firm that is able to utilize the stock. Materials that cannot be reused in-house or resold, such as odd-sized cores, file folders, poster board, and shipping and office supplies, are offered free to local educators at regular Take Stock for Education events. Since the program's launch in 2013, over $11,500 worth of supplies have been donated to local schools.
Issue Date:2014-05
Publisher:Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center
Series/Report:Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award Case Study
Genre:Technical Report
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-05-15

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