Waste Management

West Fraser lumber stacked up in boxes
  • Woody material from manufacturing is converted into agricultural products for local sale such as bark mulch, animal bedding, soil enhancer (fertilizer)
  • We continue to reduce the amount of wood going to landfill, down 10% in 2017
  • We recover more than 2.6 million tonnes of woody material from our lumber manufacturing and use it to generate carbon-neutral, biomass energy (89% of our mills generate energy from wood residuals)

West Fraser facilities operate recycling programs to track, re-use and recycle consumable products to reduce landfill waste. We aim to utilize recycling and return programs and services available in the regions where we operate. These programs include the re-use materials, leverage supplier take back programs and incorporate training and orientation of new employees so that all employees understand and can participate in facility recycling programs. These programs include standard items such as office paper and cardboard but also a variety of materials used in our offices, machine shops and moving equipment such as oily rags, fluorescent light bulbs, computer equipment, batteries and anti-freeze.

At the five pulp mills in Canada, effluent treatment is highly regulated at both provincial and federal governmental levels.  A number of the regulations relate to testing the efficacy of our water treatment such as how well our operations remove processing chemicals, measuring levels of suspended solids or particles and measuring oxygen levels in the water to ensure sufficient oxygen for organisms to thrive when the water is returned to the river. Our Canadian pulp and paper mill performance is publicly reported and available on the Environment Canada National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) .

See our Environmental Policy about our approach and commitment to operating responsibly.