As we kick off the holiday season, Graphic Packaging is proud to announce its donation to the Eastside Food Bank located inside the Youth for Christ Community Center. Graphic Packaging’s Kalamazoo mill has donated more than $1,200 worth of food and 50 turkeys, which will help 200 families put food on the table during the Thanksgiving holiday.
Graphic Packaging is honored to be a sponsor of this year’s Northside Community Carnival. The annual event is free to the public and intended to unify, engage and encourage Northside residents. In 2022, event organizers changed the theme to an Anti-Gun Violence Community Carnival to raise awareness and stand against the evolving issue of gun violence. The Northside Ministerial Alliance, which hosts the carnival, involves dozens of community partners and vendors across the city.
The Northside Ministerial Alliance (NMA) is made up of more than 40 churches in the Kalamazoo area and has been operating in the city for over 40 years. NMA works to strengthen families and promote a better quality of life for all in Kalamazoo.
We hope to see you at this year’s Carnival on Saturday, August 26!
Graphic Packaging has reduced average hydrogen sulfide (H2S) readings at its Kalamazoo mill to 1 part per billion (ppb), according to Envirosuite monitoring data from the first half of 2023. These are readings from on-site monitors, before any H2S reaches the property line or the community, where the concentrations of H2S would be even lower.
Since the beginning of May, Graphic Packaging’s Kalamazoo mill has been actively contributing to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Michigan backpack drive. This meaningful initiative collects backpacks for “littles,” aged six to 16, who are part of the nonprofit organization’s programs. We are excited to share that we have proudly donated more than 150 backpacks to support this deserving cause.
Graphic Packaging invited Channel 3’s Andy Dominianni to the Kalamazoo mill for a tour and interview with mill manager Tom Olstad. The focus of the interview was on the progress Graphic has made to reduce H2S emissions at the mill, and the steps the company continues to take to protect employees and neighbors.
The EnviroSuite monitors located on Graphic Packaging property are publicly available so our neighbors and community can view H2S data in real-time. These are useful indicators of air quality, however they should not be the only tool used when evaluating odor emissions.
Graphic Packaging International (GPI) continues to place a high priority on the health and safety of employees and community neighbors. As a part of this commitment, GPI has published its ongoing Odor Action Plan, which is a critical part of the company’s continued investment in the Kalamazoo community. Graphic Packaging first began addressing the odor issue voluntarily more than a decade ago, and in February of this year, incorporated its findings and recommendations into a consent agreement with the state of Michigan.Continue reading “Graphic Packaging’s Statement on MDHHS Study & Odor Action Plan”
At Graphic Packaging, we are proud to call Kalamazoo home. That’s why we have invested more than $800 million in the past several years in a new, state-of-the art mill and upgraded equipment and have implemented environmental controls to reduce the potential for nuisance odors near our operations.
Since 2019, we have been an active participant on the City of Kalamazoo’s Odor Task Force, which has been studying and addressing the potential for nuisance odors from our operations, the Kalamazoo Water Reclamation Plant (KWRP), and other potential community sources. Graphic Packaging expects to complete its $8 million commitment for odor mitigation equipment by the end of 2023. The company also increased its annual wastewater treatment operating costs to $2 million to further reduce the potential for odors.
On May 1, Graphic Packaging’s Kalamazoo mill kicked off its backpack drive benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Michigan. The drive, which runs through June 30, collects backpacks for “littles” ages six to 16 involved in the nonprofit’s programming.