Hub Labels goes landfill-free

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Hub Labels has a dedicated team to strategize on how to implement sustainable business practices. In the front row, from left, are Tracey Miller, Fran Nicklas and Janice Baudassi. In the back row, from left, are Jesse Hood, Cory Martin, John Potterfield and Garrett Higgins.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Hub Labels Inc., a custom label manufacturer, recently announced that it is 100% landfill free.

Through a partnership with Entsorga of Martinsburg W.Va., Hub Labels converts all of its waste into clean-burning alternative fuel called “solid recovered fuel,” or SRF.

“Being landfill free has been a long, difficult road,” Nink Myers, purchasing manager at Hub Labels, said in a news release. “It was a project that began in 2009 when we introduced linerless labels to the United States market. We love that this revolutionary label has zero liner waste compared to a traditional label. We started to find out more about how we could make Hub Labels an environmentally sustainable business.”

With the partnership between Hub Labels and Entsorga, Hub was able to install a monitoring system to trigger a notification when compactors are 75% full so the waste can be hauled away on a full truckload. Each haul weighs between 8.5 and 10 tons.

The waste is taken from the Hub facility to Entsorga, where it is turned into alternative fuels.

The material created is used as a replacement to fossil fuels and powers large co-processing facilities such as cement plants and steel mills.

Partnering with Entsorga to convert waste into fuel is only the latest accomplishment in going green at Hub Labels. In 2010, Hub started an 18-month journey to become TLMI Project L.I.F.E. certified by reviewing and implementing more sustainable business practices. Since then, Hub Labels has been recognized in the community with numerous environmental leadership awards. In 2015, Hub Labels purchased a Chevrolet Volt to use as the company vehicle and installed a charging station at their headquarters in Hagerstown. Earlier in 2019, Hub Labels invested in a corrugated shredder to repurpose cardboard into packing materials and reduce the need for bubble wrap with their shipments.

“Doing the right thing isn’t always the cheapest and easiest way to run a business,” Thomas Dahbura, president of Hub Labels, said in the release. “We didn’t force ourselves to completely transition to be landfill free overnight. It’s been a long-haul, but we never lost sight of our goal to become landfill free. When we learned Entsorga was opening their doors in West Virginia, we began talks with them to see if they could use our waste and turn it into renewable energy at their facility. 

“We finally found a great fit to help us reach our goal and become landfill free.”