Carter Holt Har­vey Pack­ag­ing turn­ing waste into energy and prod­uct

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Carter Holt Har­vey (CHH), in con­junc­tion with Carter Holt Har­vey Pack­ag­ing, is a truly cir­cu­lar busi­ness. Wood from sus­tain­ably man­aged forests and re­cy­cled pa­per finds its way into a mul­ti­tude of prod­ucts and, in the case of the pack­ag­ing di­vi­sion, is turned into over 100 mil­lion ‘mul­ti­wall’ bags and 120 mil­lion pa­per cups each year, along with its spe­cialty card­boards used in many pack­ag­ing types.

Along­side, CHH also runs Ful­lcir­cle Re­cy­cling, which re-col­lects those items, along with 300,000-tonnes of re­cov­ered pa­per, pro­cesses it all, and the cy­cle be­gins again. It’s a long way from the hum­ble begin­nings of the orig­i­nal ‘Pa­per Chase’, a com­mu­nity based re­cy­cling ini­tia­tive kicked off by the Scouts over 50 years ago.

What makes this all the more im­pres­sive, is that CHH gen­er­ates nearly 80% of its elec­tric­ity in­ter­nally by us­ing re­new­able sources such as wood pro­cess­ing residues and geo­ther­mal steam. “We have a bio energy re­source avail­able and we utilise it,” says Mur­ray Par­rish, en­vi­ron­ment man­ager at CHH. “Also grid elec­tric­ity used at CHH man­u­fac­tur­ing sites is largely hy­dro, geo­ther­mal, and wind gen­er­ated.” The up­shot of this energy in­no­va­tion is that a much smaller amount of car­bon is em­bod­ied in the pro­duc­tion of ev­ery in­di­vid­ual piece of pack­ag­ing, and a hugely com­pet­i­tive of­fer­ing for com­pa­nies look­ing for an eco-friendly op­tion for pack­ag­ing their prod­ucts. This is ul­ti­mately good for busi­ness, the en­vi­ron­ment and for con­sumers.

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