Waste straw burned on wheat fields is one of Washington’s top sources of air pollution. Columbia Pulp purchases this straw to produce pulp and biopolymers, creating a new revenue stream for wheat farmers that would typically go up in smoke.
Smart, Sustainable Business
Columbia Pulp’s 140,000-square-foot mill has created 100 family wage jobs in the agricultural communities of Dayton, Lyons Ferry, and Pomeroy, Washington and purchases roughly $15 million dollars of straw from local farmers every year.
An Economic Engine
Columbia Pulp eliminates the need for farmers to burn 250,000 tons of straw waste every year, improving air quality region-wide. Our state-of-the-art facility and locally-sourced feed stock reduce carbon emissions by 76 percent compared to traditional pulp mills.
Protecting the Environment
Creating a Sustainable Future
Columbia Pulp is North America’s first tree-free market pulp mill, using wheat farmers’ waste straw to create pulp for paper products as well as biopolymers for a variety of industrial uses.
Association of Washington Business (AWB)
2018 Operational Excellence Award
Recognizing a company that has a distinctive manufacturing process, including continuous improvement, innovations, lean and six sigma and/or application of high technology.