Reduction is the first step towards sustainability. Multifilm is a zero waste-to-landfill manufacturer. Established in May 2011, the Zero Waste program utilizes multiple outlets for reuse and recycle. Unfortunately, scrap is a natural byproduct of any manufacturer and for Multifilm this is the scrap produced for startup in certain processes and the occasional quality issue. Half the production scrap is sent to Plano Molding Company to be recycled into tackle boxes. The other half is sent to Greenwood Fuels to be converted into incineration pellets, which are then sent to municipal incineration plants to produce electricity and heat.

Waste-to-energy is growing as an end-of-life solution for flexible packaging and is a perfect fuel for providing multitudes of families with green energy. Unfortunately at this current time the U.S. lags far behind many European countries in regards to collection and treatment of waste. Germany recycles and composts roughly 66 percent of waste, whereas the U.S. does about half of that. Austria sends 38 percent of its refuse to waste-to-energy, while the U.S. does twelve. Currently, both these European countries send less than one percent of their waste to landfill. Multifilm supports waste-to-energy as a sustainable solution to non-recyclable waste.

Fiber-based materials including paper, paper-based products such as magazine, catalogs, and end-boards are sent to RockTenn. Scrap metal from production and maintenance including metallizer scrap, maintenance waste, slitter razors, and aluminum cans also recycled with Elgin Recycling.

Multifilm participates in many reuse programs with vendors including spools from the metallizer that are sent back to Shaped Wire, used pallets that are sent back to Newark Paperboard, and end boards, plugs, and channels back to Badger Plug and also Sabees.

Multifilm’s Zero Waste program has reduced waste handling cost by 75 percent. Thanks to Multifilm’s efforts towards zero waste-to-landfill, the company has been able to downgrade from a 42-yard compactor emptied twice a week to an 8-yard dumpster emptied once a week.