Fueling our Nation's Industry in Tomahawk, Wisconsin

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From Christmas Trees to Boiler Fuel

The citizens of Tomahawk, Wisconsin, may not see exactly where their recycled Christmas Trees go, but chances are they use the products made possible by them. Each year, Packaging Corporation of America hires a contractor to grind up the Christmas Trees dropped off at a yard waste site. Once this is completed, the materials are loaded up and taken straight to the company's environmentally friendly mill.

"We use it as a boiler fuel to power our pulp and paper mill plant," says John Piotrowski, environmental manager at PCA, which manufactures containerboard and corrugated packaging.

Once Christmas Trees have been ground up, they can be used to create boiler fuel to power plants and factories.