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 bio-polymers, 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, Starbuck and Pomeroy, Washington. Straw purchases from local farmers exceed $15 million dollars 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 bio-polymers for a variety of industrial uses.

Latest News

  • Newly named Columbia Pulp Safety Coordinator Dustin Swartz, left, commutes to the Starbuck Plant from Washtucna, Wash, where he lives with his wife Michelle, right, step-daughter Madelyn Meade and son DJ–due November 28, 2020, not pictured.

Swartz new Safety Coordinator

Newly named Columbia Pulp Safety Coordinator Dustin Swartz, left, commutes to the Starbuck Plant from Washtucna, Wash, where he lives with his wife Michelle, right, step-daughter Madelyn Meade and son DJ–due November 28, 2020, not pictured. STARBUCK– Columbia Pulp, LLC has named Dustin Swartz as Safety Coordinator at the Lyons Ferry plant. Read more ... [...]

Columbia Pulp Announcement

On Monday evening, March 23, the Governor of Washington State issued an executive order requiring everyone in Washington to “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” as part of the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic, with exceptions for "essential activity". The Company's management promptly began to plan how to execute an orderly suspension of manufacturing activities. Further clarification indicated that commercial [...]

Columbia Pulp announced as a finalist for the PPI Awards 2020 in Environmental Leadership – From Sustainable Forestry to Waste Management

2020 PPI Awards finalists announced - Winners to be revealed March 10th at Awards Dinner We are pleased to announce the PPI Awards 2020 finalists. The winners will be announced at the PPI Awards Dinner on March 10th at the Sheraton Lisboa Resort in Lisbon, Portugal, the second evening of the European Conference. The Awards Dinner provides an exclusive networking opportunity for [...]

PaperWeek Canada – Kristi Kobetich to Present

Pulp and paper professionals from across the country descend on Montreal next week for PaperWeek Canada, running Feb. 3 to 6 at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth hotel. Here’s a preview of what’s happening at PAPTAC’s flagship conference: Read more ...

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.