UPM’s Zero Solid Waste to Landfill initiative received the Gold Award in the Midwest Region Sustainability competition challenged by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Chicago.
UPM’s Zero Solid Waste to Landfill initiative, launched in 2016, is one of the ways in which UPM contributes to the United Nations sustainable development goals for the year 2030.
The initiative focuses on five production side streams to recycle, starting in UPM’s home country, Finland. The waste fractions are ash, sludge, sandy bark, dregs and mixed waste.  The project’s main goal is creating a scalable operational model around the existing forms of recycling and reuse of these side streams, but it also looks into finding new ways to recycle and reuse the solid waste that has previously ended up in landfills.  At UPM approximately 90 per cent of production waste is already today recycled or reused.
 “We are very impressed that our initiative was so highly recognized,” said Jennifer Wilkerson, director, business development and marketing, UPM Paper ENA (Europe and North America). “The excellent results so far in the Zero Solid Waste to Landfill Initiative is, of course, a result of active networking both internally and with external partners.”