Continuing with its long standing commitment to environmental responsibility, RockTenn (NYSE:RKT) announces that its Specialty Paperboard Products mill in Chattanooga, TN has achieved certification to Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) chain of custody (CoC) standards. NSF International Strategic Registrations, Ltd. independently audited and validated the mill’s sustainable fiber sourcing practices against these standards.
FSC is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that has established standards for responsible forest management. “Chain of custody” is an audit process that reviews the path taken by raw materials, beginning with a certified source and continuing through processing, manufacturing, distribution and print, until the material becomes a final product ready for sale to the end-use consumer.
Established in 1917, RockTenn’s Chattanooga mill became the South’s first recycled paperboard mill. From its humble beginnings, the mill has been a leader and innovator in the use of sustainable resources to produce high quality paperboard products. Today, the mill is a leading North American producer of 100 percent recycled, uncoated specialty paperboard focusing on solid fiber partitions, tubes, cores, various chip grades and paperboard for furniture laminate used in the ready to assemble furniture industry.
“For decades, RockTenn’s Chattanooga Mill has been an environmentally responsible producer of paperboard made from 100 percent recovered fiber. The FSC certification assures our customers that the paperboard we supply meets stringent environmental standards. We will continue to produce recycled paperboard that satisfies our customers’ needs relating to both quality and the environment,” said Dick Steed, Executive Vice President, Specialty Paperboard Products.
RockTenn is committed to environmental stewardship, sustainable business practices and sustainable solutions for its customers. This long standing environmental focus guides how the company collects, processes and recycles materials; produces paperboard with virgin fiber and recycled materials; and operates its facilities. A sustainable approach helps RockTenn minimize its impact on the environment.
RockTenn is a member of the 100 percent Recycled Paperboard Alliance (RPA100), the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC), the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), and the National Council for Air and Stream Improvements (NCASI).