DLS converts two million pounds of label waste into clean energy.

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Diversified Labeling Solutions (DLS), a PS label converter with five US locations headquartered in Itasca, IL, USA, has found a cost-effective waste management solution that saves two million pounds of label matrix annually from reaching landfills. At the same time, the solution provides a clean burning fuel source for energy companies. This is part of DLS' commitment to improving the environment and creating sustainable ways to operate its business.

Working in conjunction with Channeled Resources, who sources and qualifies label feedstock for energy companies; waste hauler Republic Services; and Convergen Energy, a waste converter and power company; DLS now has its label production waste turned into fuel pellets that are then used to power an electric utility plant.

The process began with DLS speaking with Channeled Resources, who brought the fuel pellet option to the table and had a business relationship with Convergen Energy, who specializes in renewable energy. The opportunity to reclaim the waste was there, but logistical challenges prevented DLS from getting the waste to Convergen's fuel pellet manufacturing facility in Green Bay, WI. Republic Services solved that issue by providing a way to remove, bale and ship Diversified's waste in trailer loads to Convergen in an economical fashion.

The pellets are burned as a substitute for coal, decreasing the need for the fossil fuel and reducing CO2 emissions by 40%.

"This would not have been possible without a real team effort on the part of Diversified, Channeled Resources, Republic Services and Convergen," says Jim Kersten, Diversified's CEO. He adds, "We are so pleased to be able to find a sustainable way to deal with label waste generated during our manufacturing process. We were troubled by the fact that over two million pounds were going into landfills annually."

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