Resolute Forest Products has recycling collection operations and related assets in 21 metropolitan centers across the United States, where we operate as AbiBow Recycling LLC. Resolute also has paper collection operations in the province of Ontario, Canada.
We focus our efforts on the collection of:
The Company currently handles over 375,000 metric tons of recyclable materials each year, of which about 75% is old newspapers.
Headquartered in Houston, Texas, our Recycling Division ships approximately 26% of the paper recovered through our community paper recycling programs to Company paper mills for use in the production of newsprint and other paper products. The Company also markets its excess paper and other recyclable products to third-party purchasers.
Recycling collection services are provided through two key programs – Paper Retriever® and EcoRewards® – which provide in part the raw materials we use in the recycled paper products we produce.
Our Paper Retriever program places paper recycling bins throughout metropolitan areas at:
This program is free to sponsoring organizations as long as they meet a minimum volume of recyclable paper each month. Bins, which may be used by any member of the community, are placed in visible, accessible locations. The bin hosts or sponsors promote the recycling drop-off locations to the surrounding community. Resolute provides the collection service and rebates to the sponsors based on the volume of paper that is collected. The money that is earned is used to support school, youth or church activities, or is donated to local charities such as food banks. In 2011, our Paper Retriever customers earned almost US$3.3 million.
Our Recycling Division also operates the EcoRewards recycling program for businesses. This turnkey business recycling solution maximizes the economic benefits of customer recycling efforts by addressing components that are often lacking in other industry offerings, such as:
EcoRewards is a fee-based program that allows customers to reduce their waste collection and disposal services while earning rebates for the materials they recycle. The rebate earned is based on the volume collected and the type of recycled commodity. We provide this service to small businesses, office buildings, municipalities and school boards.