Mark Andy, a leading U.S.-based manufacturer of globally distributed label and package printing and converting machinery, has committed to reduce its carbon footprint by transforming its 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 called 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,” said the OEM.
MLMC, located near St. Louis, Missouri, is committed to providing solutions to transfer millions of tons of Secondary Recovered Materials (SRM) – non-residential, non-hazardous, solid materials that are being landfilled or incinerated annually in the United States. MLMC has developed a manufacturing process that converts SRM into alternative Enviro-Fuelcubes which are used by energy-consuming manufacturers to replace and reduce coal consumption. MLMC believes the solution is clear and adds: “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. This month, Mark Andy 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% of Mark Andy factory waste from going into landfills and reduce overall waste removal expenses by nearly 42% per year.
“We’re excited to further pursue ways to positively impact the environment and our local community,” said Mary Sullivan, Director of Global Marketing at Mark Andy. “Mark Andy now has a sustainability partner in MLMC that truly reinforces our commitment to improving the environment and supporting 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.”