Mark Andy Inc., a leading manufacturer of globally distributed label and package printing and converting machinery, has put an emphasis on corporate responsibility and has committed to reduce its carbon footprint by transforming waste disposal methods. The company has begun supplying a majority of its operational waste as raw material in the production of an alternative fuel source, ENVIRO-Fuelcubes, a green fossil fuel substitute produced by Materials Lifecycle Management Company (MLMC). This is a bold step in Mark Andy’s effort to positively impact the community and promote a greener environment.
MLMC, located near St. Louis, Mo., is committed to providing solutions to transfer millions of tons of secondary recovered materials (SRM) – nonresidential, non-hazardous, solid materials that are being landfilled or incinerated annually in the United States. MLMC has developed a manufacturing process which converts SRM into alternative ENVIRO-Fuelcubes, which are used by energy-consuming manufacturers to replace and reduce coal consumption. Other global companies are taking part in this initiative as well, including a Belgian-owned company which has committed to using the ENVIRO-Fuelcubes in its Missouri-based limestone operation. MLMC believes the solution is clear, “Unwanted materials should not be discarded as trash by businesses, but instead, intentionally managed as a valuable and marketable commodity.”
When operating at full-capacity, MLMC will divert 160,000 tons of material waste from landfills and produce 120,000 tons of renewable alternative fuel for Missouri’s energy-intensive industries. The remaining 40,000 tons of material will be captured and classified for a higher use within the recycling and re-use industry. From a greenhouse gas perspective, ENVIRO-Fuelcubes will significantly reduce the amount of carbon dioxide as well as other toxic gases from being emitted into the air in Missouri from traditional fossil fuels.
Beginning this month, Mark Andy has started diverting an estimated 26 tons of SRM waste per month (278 tons annually) to the MLMC manufacturing facility to produce the ENVIRO-Fuelcubes. This will eliminate approximately 90 percent of Mark Andy factory waste from going into landfills and reduce overall waste removal expense by nearly 42 percent per year.
Mary Sullivan, director of global marketing at Mark Andy, says, “We are excited to further pursue ways to positively impact the environment and our local community. Mark Andy now has a sustainability partner in MLMC that truly reinforces our commitment to improving the environment and support our green initiatives. It’s a win-win for everyone. As a larger industrial manufacturer in the region, we look forward to making a big difference.”