Recycling

Diamond's Greenbox Initiative

Diamond measures progress on environmental issues through key metrics, including Total Waste Recycled, Total Regulated Waste, and Recovery and Recycling.

Our ‘Green Team’ meets on a regular basis to assess progress and determine future goals, including the greater use of recycled and FSC-certified materials.

The recovery and recycling program is a natural evolution of the company’s greenbox sustainability initiative and one which will provide long-term environmental and economic benefits. It is also part of a demonstrable effort to design and produce packaging within a restorative and regenerative circular economy.

Sustainable Methods

From concept to completion, our approach to packaging design addresses sustainability throughout the supply chain.

This includes incorporating best practices at the plant level: renewable energy, energy efficiency, process improvements, and waste recycling.

Recycling Methods

Sustainability Metrics

Recycled Waste

About 97% of all manufacturing waste is recycled annually. All remaining waste is recovered, eliminating the need for landfill disposal.

  • All paperboard is recycled
  • All plastic is recycled
  • All metals (plates, bands, copper brass stamping dies, steel rule) are recycled
  • All wood pallets are recycled or reused
  • All office waste and e-waste is recycled
  • All regulated waste is recovered:
    1. Non-hazardous regulated waste is sent to Covanta Energy for EfW (Energy-from-Waste)
    2. All regulated hazardous waste is sent for fuels blending
Recycled Waste

Circular Economy

Diamond is the start and end point for its own waste stream. With the help of Cascades Recovery, as well as other partners, part of the paper waste stream that leaves the Diamond facility eventually returns in the form of raw materials (e.g., corrugated boxes, tissue).

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Circular Economy

Environmental Benefit


Diamond has strategic partnerships with Cascades Recovery and Covanta Environmental Solutions, among others, to advance its recovery and recycling goals.

In 2019 Diamond's participation in Cascades Recovery…PLUS® recycling program helped the environment by:

Carbon Dioxide
Reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 10,584 metric tons
Trees
Saving 41,221 mature trees
Energy
Saving 14,825,320 kWh of energy

Trees into Cartons, Cartons into Trees (TICCIT)

Diamond celebrates Earth Day by partnering with the Seneca Park Zoo to help hundreds of kids plant trees as part of the TICCIT (“Trees into Cartons, Cartons into Trees”) program, an educational outreach program for school-aged children held every year to honor Earth Day and highlight the renewability and recyclability of paper and paperboard packaging.

Children are given a Colorado blue spruce sapling and soil and instructed how to plant the sapling in a paperboard folding carton (which biodegrades over time) supplied by Diamond.

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Trees Into Cartons, Cartons Into Trees (TICCIT)

Folding Carton Samples

Contact us for more information or to request a free folding carton sample kit. The kit includes examples of different paperboard substrates and capabilities, including specialty UV coatings, cold foiling, foil stamping, embossing, and windowing. All are designed to attract the consumer’s attention when and where it matters most—at the point of sale.

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