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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Interstate Container Speaks at NRA Show 2012: Eco-Friendly Packaging, Sustainability Practices Explored

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Pete Bugas, Interstate Container Cambridge General Manager, speaks at the National Restaurants Association (NRA) Show 2012  on 8 May. 

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Switching from wax coated, corrugated cardboard packaging to more eco-friendly varieties can happen through better communication and collaboration among suppliers, manufacturers and industry members, sustainability and food service experts said at an NRA Show education session last week.

The session, "Challenging the Value-Chain to Transform Transport Packaging: Eco-Friendly, Wallet-Friendly Solutions", examined some of the current packaging options available and discussed how foodservice operations could become more sustainable in their practices by eliminating paraffin-wax-coated boxes from their respective inventories.

Moderated by Lily Kelly, program director for the Coalition for Resource Recovery, or CoRR, a division of sustainability nonprofit Global Green USA, the session featured panelists Myles Cohen of Pratt Industries Recycling, Pete Bugas of Interstate Container, Larry Saywell of chicken producer Mountaire Farms and Linda Dunn of contract foodservice concern HMSHost Corp.

According to Kelly, approximately "1.45 million boxes are covered in paraffin wax, so they can't be recycled," she said. "The cost is about $200 million in foregone revenues and hauling fees." She further added, "There are coatings available that are recyclable."

Kelly also noted that Global Green and CoRR is currently focusing attention on the produce industry because, "By far it is the biggest piece of the pie."

In addition to looking at packaging options, the panel explored some of the issues currently surrounding the practice of sustainability.

Saywell, whose firm hatches approximately 6 million eggs per week, said his company has a "tremendous desire to reduce our energy [footprint]." To that end, he noted Mountaire has eliminated the wax-covered boxes from its production process because it is "an oil derivative." He added that the company also reduced its water consumption by incorporating better technology that cut down on its use of ice and provided recycling options versus sending waste products to the landfill like it normally did.

"Break out of your shell," he told session attendees. "Think about sustainability; it's absolutely critical to our survival. Demand your suppliers look at [alternatives] and support the people who are driving these things forward."

Linda Dunn, vice president of supply chain and analysis for HMSHost, said the onsite concern, which specializes in contract foodservice operations at travel hubs such as airports and auto plazas, has focused on several sustainable initiatives, including reducing its total environmental impact and offering consumers more products that are rooted in wellness and nutrition. Dunn noted, however, that the company has faced a number of challenges in adhering to its sustainability pledge. They include:

• Space contraints (for the recycling and composting of materials)
• Infrastructure issues (not enough composting or recycling facilities available)
• Employee education (many different languages need to be understood)
• Collection and measurement of sustainability metrics and/or data
• Lack of cradle to grave independent assessments
"To make progress," she said, "you do have to measure and develop a baseline. You also have to ensure you have top management support, make it fairly easy to find new ideas and report back out to your participants [on progress made].

Dunn further stated that she sees a bright future for sustainability in the foodservice industry. She envisions an increasing number of recycling and composting suppliers entering the space as well as more viable options available to operators.

"I've always said you need two horses in a race to be competitive," she asserted. "We also need more impartial third-party data and data sources. Progress also will be made on cross contamination and space issues, and there will be better collaboration, a greater sharing of best practices."

About Interstate Container 

Interstate Container manufacturing plants in Cambridge, MD and Columbia, SC manufacture innovative eco-friendly wax-free
GREENCOAT® corrugated packaging. GREENCOAT® wax-alternative boxes pack poultry, meat, seafood, and fresh produce, floral and other refrigerated and frozen products.

Interstate Container Cambridge and Interstate Container Columbia are members of Interstate Resources Container Division. 

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Interstate Container Cambridge Raises Over $35,000 for United Way

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Interstate Container Cambridge, located in Cambridge, MD, reaches 8th place in the top 25 campaigns for United Way.

As part of the corporate mission to continually serve the community, Interstate Container Cambridge contributes $35,276 in support of United Way’s goal to improve quality of life. Over four consecutive years, Interstate Container Cambridge managed to raise a cumulative $125,982 to support United Way: 2008 campaign $25,651; 2009 campaign $30,055; 2010 campaign $35,000; 2011 campaign $35,276.

The corrugated packaging manufacturer ran a campaign to raise funds through employee payroll deductions, as well as through selling raffle tickets for items, such as flat screen televisions or a day off from work. Funds raised for United Way of Lower Eastern Shore support programs that meet needs of aging and vulnerable populations, and help children and youth succeed, as well as support critical emergency and crisis assistance programs.

2011 United Way Annual Awards

At the 2011 United Way Awards, held on 27 April 2012, United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore awarded two of Interstate Container Cambridge executives for their efforts and contribution to the cause. United Way also named Interstate Container as the largest supporter in Dorchester County.

2011 County Volunteers of the Year - Dorchester County
Pete Bugas, General Manager
Interstate Container Cambridge

2011 County Coordinators of the Year – Dorchester County

Lisa Fatica, Human Resources Manager
Interstate Container Cambridge 

The event, took place at the Carousel Oceanfront Resort in Ocean City, bringing together members from the community, as well as local organizations. Annually, United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore celebrates community leaders and volunteers from different counties that contribute to United Way campaigns. 

You may also be interested in:

Interstate Container Cambridge Achieves United Way Fundraising Target 

Interstate Container Cambridge GM Wins United Way Award

About United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore

The United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore, established in 1944, is the largest non-government funder of numerous local non-profit programs and agencies in Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties. The nonprofit organization provides support for different local programs which focus on the three main building blocks of a good life: education, health, and income.

About Interstate Container 

nterstate Container manufacturing plants in Cambridge, MD and Columbia, SC manufacture innovative eco-friendly wax-free GREENCOAT® corrugated packaging. GREENCOAT® wax-alternative boxes pack poultry, meat, seafood, and fresh produce, floral and other refrigerated and frozen products. 

Interstate Container Cambridge
and Interstate Container Columbia are members of Interstate Resources Container Division. 

For More Information

Lisa Fatica (Hibble), Human Resources Manager
Interstate Container Cambridge 
903 Woods Road Cambridge, MD 21613 903 

Tel: 410-221-7777 Ext. 2015 

Fax: 410-221-7766 
E-mail: lisa.fatica[at]interstatecontainer.com 
Web: http://www.interstatecontainer.com/
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