Fibre used to make our pulp and paper products is only selected from responsible sources.
82% of all our fibre inputs are AFS/PEFC and/or FSC® chain of custody certified, and 97% of all our wood inputs are from forest management operations that are AFS/PEFC and/or FSC® certified.
This represents a significantly greater proportion of certified inputs than other paper manufacturers worldwide. Australian Paper's Maryvale Mill in Victoria is certified to both the AFS and FSC® chain of custody requirements.
The primary material used to make our paper is fibre in the form of pulp logs from plantation and sustainably managed regrowth wood, sawmill residue, specialist pulps and recycled fibre in the form of de-inked pulp manufactured from recycled waste paper and raw waste paper.
Hardwood and softwood plantation fibres make up 57% of our total fibre mix. A proportion of hardwood plantation eucalypt fibre and all softwood pine plantation is sourced from the Central Gippsland region of Victoria.
This fibre is supplied with FSC® and AFS certification. Plantation eucalypt is also sourced from Western Victoria.
Sustainably managed regrowth wood
Sustainably managed regrowth forests in the Central Highlands of Victoria provide our second largest fibre source. This wood is sourced from VicForests – a state government owned enterprise. VicForests, together with the Victorian government’s Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is responsible for protecting, conserving and managing areas approved for timber harvesting. VicForests’ operations are certified to the Australian Forestry Standard (AFS), which is globally endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), the world’s largest forest certification body.
Waste paper is collected through municipal and private contractors and is comprised of commercial, industrial and household waste. Recycled white paper, such as office paper and household waste paper is deinked and pulped for use. Brown paper, such as cardboard is also sourced.
Our newly commissioned $90 million waste paper recycling plant at our Maryvale Mill in Victoria is now producing locally made recycled paper. Incorporating the very latest in technology, the new waste paper recycling plant will divert up to 80,000 tonnes of waste paper from landfill each year; that’s equivalent to 16 billion sheets of A4 copy paper, enough to stretch around the globe twice. It will also see Australian Paper triple the usage of quality recycled, fibre in our office, printing, publishing, envelope and stationery papers ranging from 10% to 100% recycled content. This is a significant step in closing the recycling loop in Australia.
Imported fibre is only purchased from reputable certified fibre suppliers and is either PEFC or FSC® certified and undergoes a rigorous risk assessment process to ensure Chain of Custody certification requirements.
Find out more about our fibre use and performance in our 2013 Sustainability Report.