We intend to be a world class Company that not only delivers quality products & services but also takes care of its personnel health, safety & environment as a whole. We are committed to achieving this by:
INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (IMS) POLICY
Complying with all applicable laws and regulatory requirements.
Setting objectives and targets for reviewing and improving management systems.
Developing an effective IMS system to prevent incidents/accidents, ill health, pollution, waste reduction, hazards elimination and environmental impacts mitigation.
Ensuring that all food related packaging material is produced, stored and delivered in safe and hygienic condition as per relevant requirements
Continually improving our EHS and food safety management system e effectiveness.
Creating a safe and work friendly environment for all stakeholders.
Implementing individual accountability to comply with IMS requirements.
This policy is applicable to each individual whether employee, contractor/sub-contractor, suppliers, visitors and all other stake holders of Company.
Packages has the capability of producing 100% recycled paper. Various grades of paper and board (shipping, cartons, newsprint, magazines, imported waste paper) are collected and then shredded. This is fed to a huge mixer where a controlled percentage of virgin pulp and used paper are mixed together to produce material for recycled paper.
EFFLUENT AND WASTE MANAGEMENT
Discharged water from the paper and board mill goes to a septic tank where heavy, insoluble material settles down and is constantly scooped out. Specialized cleaning equipment removes the residual sludge and suspended particles. The suspended solids are separated and treated on sludge de-watering equipment and thickened for disposal.
The introduction of the new method of using wheat straw as a raw material was a bold step partly aimed at reducing the chemical load of the effluent. An even bolder step was taken with the import of Chemical Recovery Plant in 1997. Black liquor, which poses severe difficulties in the effluent treatment system in any pulp mill, is concentrated in this plant to 58% solids and then incinerated in a waste heat boiler, where organic impurities are destroyed and the steam generated is utilized for evaporating the incoming liquor. The ash, containing inorganic compounds, is dissolved in water to recover any available chemicals.
This is a recent part of the green policy adopted by Packages. It includes reduction of the usage of water in all stages of its processes. Better water management has led to better utilization of water and other raw inputs.
At 300 tonnes per tonne of pulp produced, the quantity of water itself poses serious problems of extraction and disposal. To reduce it, a dissolved air flocculation system and special filters have been added to different streams of reusable water and wherever possible, fresh water in various processes has gradually been replaced with this water.
INDEPENDENT ENERGY HOUSE
Packages is self-sufficient in its power generation capabilities with an installed capacity of 26MW. A local boiler meets the company's steam demands.
These efforts were streamlined in 1997 through the formation of a committee of internal experts to look regularly into issues concerning environment, health and safety. The committee is currently involved in the management of fresh water use, effluent management, control on air emissions, energy conservation and maintenance of health and safety standards in the company. It uses guidelines provided by the National Environment Quality Standards (NEQS) as a benchmark, even modifying processes to conform to its objectives.
As a result of combined efforts, the quantity of water used, as well as its BOD and COD has been reduced significantly. Steam consumption and heat energy consumption in 2003 have both shown a reduction of over 16% each compared to 1999. The electricity use in the same period has gone down by an impressive 25%.
These activities have acquired such importance for the company that out of US$ 100 million spent on new processes and technology in the last few years, 20% were spent on environmental issues alone.