Preserving and Recycling to Protect Our Lands
Not only is it important to reduce, recycle and reuse, but also to give back to the land that sustains us. Reforestation is part of that commitment. Trees can absorb up to one tonne of CO2 in their life cycle. We plant over 30 million trees a year, and since 1957 we have planted over 877 million trees – a national record in Canada!
Some of our other initiatives on the land we own or manage:
- Over 300 irreplaceable sites of ecological and historical importance are protected on the woodlands we own and manage.
- By preserving important ecological sites we are helping to ensure biodiversity and the future of the unique wildlife that thrives there.
- Irving Tissue:
- Annually recycles over 45 tons of scrap metal.
- Implemented a paper core recycling system that eliminates over 70 tons from landfill yearly.
- Irving Pulp & Paper annually diverts 7000 tonnes of wood ash (a byproduct of bark burning for the pulp making process) to farmers’ fields to be used as a soil enhancement, approved by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).