Sustainability Commitment

Sustainability Matters.

With a 100-year company vision, ND Paper is committed to environmental protection through a focus on recycling and reducing our use of raw materials. With the backing of our parent company, Nine Dragons Paper (Holdings) Limited, ND Paper sustainably manufactures various types of high-quality pulp, packaging, and paper products.

With more than 14 million metric tons of recovered paper recycled and reused through our Nine Dragons’ global production, ND Paper is deeply committed to environmental sustainability and we are proud to globally advocate for the ’reduce, reuse & recycle’ model of industry development.

ND Paper invests in the best available technology and practices to reduce emissions to be sustainable now, and for the next 100 years. Our inputs include recycled fiber and virgin fiber from well-managed forests. We embrace the value of reusing waste materials and are a leader in using waste paper for viable new purposes.

In short, the approach we take is a simple, yet powerful one: no environmental protection, no papermaking.


Creating efficient mills, each scaled to safely maximize production, is the foundation of our sustainable operations. We deeply value and are committed to producing our pulp and paper products in the least-impactful manner. We focus on reducing energy usage each and every day.

of the energy we consume is self-generated
0 %
is drawn from renewable resources
0 %
Energy Intensity by Location
Energy measured in million BTU per ton of production.

Sources of Energy

Total combined 2018 energy use for Biron, Fairmont, and Rumford mills.

Natural Gas
Other Fossil Fuels
Black Liquor
Tire Derived Fuel
Other Solid (CTW)


The virgin fiber used in ND Paper products is sourced only from Canadian and U.S. wood. Our fiber suppliers are held to the highest industry standards in forest management and harvest practices. We require every ND Paper supplier to comply with all applicable local, state or provincial and national laws and regulations, and confirm that compliance through an annual recertification process.

ND Paper only uses fiber certified as sustainable by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), and the American Tree Farm System (ASTFS).
of fiber is responsibly sourced under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).
0 %
of fiber meets Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) risk assessment process.
0 %

ND Paper is committed to conserving our natural resources and actively seeks ways to reduce our use of raw materials. Our recycled pulp lines consume materials that may otherwise have ended up in a landfill. We operate recycled pulp lines in Wisconsin & West Virginia.

The Fairmont mill produces 100% recycled pulp, and since 1995 has saved nearly 6 million tons of recyclable paper that may have taken up over 18 million cubic yards of landfill space.

That’s equivalent to the weight of
43,400 Blue Whales,
and enough to fill the Great Pyramid of Giza
over FIVE times.

Annual Emissions*

(metric tons/year)

CO2 Equivalent
Sulphur Dioxide
Nitrous Oxide
*Combined 2018 emissions from Biron, Rumford, and Fairmont mills.

As a member of the U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings, Better Plants Program, ND Paper has committed to reduce our energy intensity by 25% over 10 years. The energy-efficient practices that ND Paper and its fellow Better Buildings, Better Plants Program partners implement will save billions of dollars in energy costs, help create good jobs in fields such as construction and engineering, strengthen competitiveness, and promote greater energy resilience in the U.S. industrial sector.

People & Places

ND Paper will thrive for the next 100 years by driving towards zero injuries through an uncompromising commitment to the safety of our employees, contractors and visitors.

Since June 2018, we have...

Commenced Safe Production initiative consisting of nine elements including leadership, working collaboratively, hazard recognition, training and accountability.

Implemented the ND Paper Personal Protective Equipment Policy across all locations.

Initiated a safety review process to ensure our facilities are adhering to the latest standards and requirements.

We aspire to become a zero injury workplace.

Property & sales taxes paid to local & state governments.**
$ 0 m
In charitable giving.
$ 0
Employees in Illinois, Maine, Ohio, West Virginia, & Wisconsin.
Additional jobs created indirectly.*

* Research by the Economic Policy Institute indicates that for every 100 jobs in the nondurable manufacturing industry, 514 additional jobs are supported in supplier industries and in local communities due to the re-spending of wages.

** Taxes paid June 2018 – Nov. 2019.

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