Thursday, October 12, 2006

Southern Forests & the Packaging Problem

According to the University of Georgia’s Center for Paper Business and Industry Studies, in the 13 states that make up the US Forest Service’s Southern Region there are 96 mills producing paper packaging. As far as impact to the South, one big player rises to the top.

Giant pulp and paper manufacturer International Paper owns 5 container board mills and 4 additional consumer paper packaging mills across the south including the 876,000 tons of paperboard per year Riegelwood Mill near Wilmington, North Carolina, the 650,000 tons of paperboard per year Augusta Mill located in Augusta, Georgia, the 620,000 tons of paperboard per year Texarkana Mill located in Texarkana, Texas, and the 400,000 tons per year Pine Bluff Mill located in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. At this volume, and with current insufficient logging standards, the impact is a growing problem.

Learn more about the packaging problem for the forests of the Southern US

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