Australian Forests and Timber
Mill setting sustainability standards
ON MANY scales the Visy Kraft Paper mill at Tumut is impressive, culminating in a $1.1 billion pulp and paper manufacturing investment, the largest integrated mill of its type in Australia.
The mill employs over 300 staff and produces approximately 700,00 tonnes each year from an annual intake of almost 2 million tonnes of softwood fibre annually.
Previous General Manger Kevin Anderson said the mill has set new standards in technology and sustainability in manufacturing craft papers.
‘Every aspect of the mill also sets new highest environmental standards from design to production, including waste management’, he said.
‘Heat and power are cogenerated on-site from alterative and renewable fuels and a close loop water system for all wastewater is reused to irrigate pasture land,’ he added.
Fibre for the two paper machines is sourced from local plantation thinnings, sawmill residues from local processors, and reclaimed fibre.
Manager - Forests and Fibre Compliance, Carlie Porteous commented that Visy’s FSC Certification program brings industry confidence in the fibre supply chain.
‘Also, that forests and forests communities and employees in all aspects of the supply chain, have appropriate working conditions’, she said.