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Sappi North America wins sustainability award for environmental leadership

March 2, 2020  By P&PC Staff

Sappi North America was recently named a winner in the 2019 SEAL Business Sustainability Awards for Environmental Leadership.

The award honours companies for specific environmental and sustainability initiatives measured by criteria including impact metrics, innovation, insights and investment efforts.

Sappi is a recipient of this award for the Land Application Program at its Cloquet, Minnesota mill.


The Cloquet mill’s program began in 2004 in order to develop a solution to an impending challenge with landfill space. The Land Application Program repurposes boiler ash and lime mud byproducts into a sustainable agricultural fertilizer which is accessible to the local community at a minimal cost.

Through the years, the program’s dedication to waste reduction and efficiency have provided these natural byproducts to farmers, which reduces the commercial chemical products needed for high-quality growing conditions in the region.

To date, Sappi North America has provided 200 tons of materials to 300 sites per year, with some farmers seeing a 30 percent increase in crop yield.

“Our investment in sustainable production and waste is a continued priority for the leadership team at Sappi and this award is a proud moment for the all the employees and community members involved,” says Tom Radovich, managing director of Cloquet Mill, Sappi North America.

“The accomplishments of this program are possible because of the combined efforts with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s ag-lime program and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, both of which we look forward to developing more opportunities with for waste repurposing and other sustainable benefits.”

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