ENVIRONMENT

Environmental protection is a critical part of the Crossroads Paper approach. From its reliance on recycled raw materials to its world-class water management systems, every part of the operation has been carefully designed to limit water usage and minimize carbon emissions, while serving the community’s recycling needs and protecting the region’s natural resources.

RECYCLED RAW MATERIALS

To transform used materials into beneficial new products, innovators need to identify markets for recycled products and then invest in modern technology to clean, process and convert those used materials.

Crossroads Paper has been designed from its inception to use 100% recycled fiber. Each step in the operation is based on the requirement that all raw materials are recycled. Other papermaking facilities source raw materials from trees, but not a single tree will be consumed at Crossroads Paper.

By carefully selecting and sourcing these recycled raw materials, Crossroads Paper will have the ability to control its production process and manufacturing specifications to ensure that its finished products meet the most demanding performance requirements. Years of recycling experience and a legacy of outstanding performance in addressing environmental issues will inform every step along the way.

Neighborhoods, local communities and government agencies will play a critical role in the success of the operation, as they are the key sources for the recycled raw materials to be collected for re-processing. Strong and mutually beneficial relationships with these stakeholders will contribute to the long-term strength of Crossroads Paper.

WATER RESOURCES

Whether for agricultural, industrial or residential use, water is a precious commodity in Nevada, and effective management of water resources is another foundation of Crossroads Paper.

Paper recycling requires process water, and successful operations are efficient in the use, processing and treatment of this important resource. By employing the most modern water-management systems, the volume of water required by Crossroads Paper will be far below the industry average.

Water required for the project will come from existing water rights, and all process water will be treated and cleaned prior to being returned to the local aquifer via rapid-infiltration basins (RIBs) installed on-site. By re-introducing this resource, total water consumption will drop by over 70% compared with existing agricultural uses, preserving available water for downstream users, farmers, and industry.

AIR QUALITY

Crossroads Paper subscribes to the highest possible standards of clean air. Because the operation will be built exclusively to produce recycled containerboard from recycled raw materials, pulping or bleaching processes common at other facilities will not be required. By avoiding these processes altogether, Crossroads Paper will eliminate the accompanying challenges they can bring to air quality.

ENERGY

Energy for the operation will be drawn from the existing power grid, and steam for the drying process will be generated using natural gas. No coal or biomass will be burned on-site.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROLS

Crossroads Paper benefits from the input of recognized recycling leaders with years of experience managing the environmental impact of similar operations.

Every step of the Crossroads Paper production process will be guided by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and Nevada Department of Environmental Protection (“NDEP”) regulations.