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Domtar reopens Kingsport Mill, announces Corrugated Recycling partnership

July 27, 2023  By P&PC Staff

Domtar’s Kingsport Mill is running again, using recycled fibre from a corrugated recycling partnership established with a regional grocery store chain and attracting customers from across the corrugated industry.

After a two-year conversion project and the production of the mill’s first roll of 100-percent recycled containerboard in January, Domtar hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony in May to celebrate the Kingsport Mill’s grand reopening. Local and state officials and employees joined together to mark this important milestone.

The Kingsport Mill’s production has continued apace through the summer, thanks in part to a new corrugated recycling partnership established with Food City. The mill will collect and recycle old corrugated containers from the chain’s 140 stores and use them to produce 100-percent recycled performance linerboard and medium.


“Cardboard and paper waste from area Food City stores will go to Domtar rather than local landfills and will eventually become part of packaging used by customers across the world,” says Charlie Floyd, vice-president of strategic capital projects for Domtar’s packaging business.

“We couldn’t be prouder to have a more gracious partner than Food City join this great, exciting new journey and chapter for us,” says Mike Butler, Domtar’s senior director of fibre procurement and sales.

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