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Menards, Eau Claire, Wisconsin was awarded the Business Friend of the Environment Award from the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) for a major upgrade in its wood recycling plant.

WMC is Wisconsin’s chamber of commerce and the largest trade association representing more than 3,700 employers.

Menards invested $3.5 million in buildings and equipment to improve its ability to recycle wood waste into recycled products.

“It takes millions of pallets to run our business. Last year we recycled over seven million usable pallets and more than 114 million pounds of wood scrap,” said J.R. Menard, the company’s executive vice president.

The highest-quality recycled wood is sent to another Menards plant in Eau Claire for use as fiber in products, like composite decking. Some scrap is used for mulch and some are turned into fuel for running wood-burning boilers during the winter months.

In 2015, Menards recycled 100 million pounds of cardboard, 10 million pounds of plastic, 8 million pounds of metal and 2.8 million pounds of paper.

Published in the August 2016 Edition of American Recycler News