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Atlantic’s Zero Waste Campaign

Atlantic’s Zero Waste Campaign

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Happy Earth Day!

As we celebrate our planet and take this day to focus on the energy, enthusiasm, and commitment it takes to create a new plan of action for our environment, Atlantic is excited to announce our Zero Waste Campaign.

Getting to Zero Waste means we’re no longer sending valuable resources to the landfill. Instead we’re reducing the amount of material we’re using, we’re re-using materials, and we’re recycling to generate renewable resources.

Atlantic’s goal is to be certified as a Zero Waste company. This means we’ll have diverted more than 90% of our resources from landfills and into renewable resources.

The Zero Waste Campaign will take all of us working together. This is how we can make a real difference for our environment.

Because every great initiative needs a plan of action, we’re implementing the 3 R’s of waste management.

Step 1.

Reducing is the very first step because it means eliminating unnecessary materials before they enter your facility, your office, or your workspace.

Here are a couple ideas for how we can reduce:

* Stop printing digital files if you don’t need hard copies
* Look for products that use less packaging
* Maintain and repair products so they won’t have to be thrown out and replaced as frequently
* Reduce idling time whenever possible

Step 2.

Reusing is the act of using something more than once instead of throwing it in the trash. Reusing also means repurposing or finding a new use for something instead of throwing it away.

Here are some ideas on what we can reuse:

 * Coffee mugs
 * Water bottles
 * Silverware, plates, and bowls
 * Bags and boxes

Step 3.

Recycling is the process of collecting and processing machine-made materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products.

Here’s what we can recycle:

 * Paper
 * Plastic, Glass,  & Aluminum
 * Cardboard & Corrugate
 * Wood
 * Stretch Film

As part of our Zero Waste Campaign and as a member of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, Atlantic is participating in the Clean4Change global clean up challenge.

We’ll use the Litterati app to join the Clean4Change Member Challenge and use our own challenge code to document all the litter we pick up between Earth Day on April 22nd and World Clean Up Day on September 18th.


Read more about the Clean4Change Campaign here.

And get step-by-step instructions on how to use the Litterati App here.

Atlantic 2020 Year In Review

Atlantic 2020 Year In Review

We look back on the year 2020 at Atlantic and reflect on the challenges, the hardships, the triumphs, and the gratitude we feel as the end of the year approaches.

Wishing you and your family a happy, healthy, and safe new year in 2021!

Wes Carter Named Top 100 Influencer by Wilmington Business Journal

Wes Carter Named Top 100 Influencer by Wilmington Business Journal


The Greater Wilmington Business Journal is dedicated to business news, outlook, and perspective in the Wilmington, NC area.  Every year, they compile a list of the area’s Top 100 Influencers.  The people on this list are singled out as the real changemakers in our community, in front of or behind the scenes.

We’re so proud to announce that Atlantic Packaging President, Wes Carter, has made the Top 100 list for 2020.

It was a challenging year for everyone around the world.  Business leaders were presented with special challenges of how to run a company successfully and keep people employed while also keeping people safe during a pandemic.  Wes and Rusty Carter rose to the occasion, leading Atlantic through this period with grace, empathy, and a clear voice.

Looking beyond this pandemic year, Wes has moved the Wilmington HQ-based company to a national footprint with the ability to serve the nation’s largest CPG manufacturers.  In addition, he’s making intentional and strategic moves towards sustainability both within the company operations and as a packaging supplier and consultant.  Atlantic has earned influence in the marketplace to help guide customers to the sustainable packaging products and processes they’re looking to create.

Thank you to the Greater Wilmington Business Journal for recognizing Wes and Atlantic in their list of the Top 100 Influencers in the community. It is an honor to be among such great company.

See the full WilmingtonBiz 100 list here.


Saying Good-Bye to a Beloved Friend & Employee

Saying Good-Bye to a Beloved Friend & Employee

One of our longest serving and most loyal employees, Dwane Hammond of Tabor City, North Carolina, died tragically Sunday afternoon, June 12th, 2020.

Dwane was a wonderful person and an asset to our company; he has been a friend to so many for so long. The Hammond family is part of our history and our unique fabric.  Dwane has managed our Tabor City warehouse operations for over 35 years of his 42 years with Atlantic and supported virtually every branch. He was honored for 40 years of service only a short time ago.

On Wednesday, July 15th, employees of Atlantic lined both sides of 5th Street in Tabor City as the procession from the funeral home passed by to honor our dear friend and coworker and to show our support for his family.

Dwane was one of our finest and such a true friend to so many.

Dwane Hammond
1957 – 2020
Forever Missed, Never Forgotten.

Dwane Hammond and Family

Essential Operations at Atlantic Caribbean

Essential Operations at Atlantic Caribbean

Atlantic Caribbean is the Dominican Republic branch of US-headquartered Atlantic Packaging. Based in the Free Trade Zone in Boca Chica, Atlantic Caribbean produces a broad range of packaging and converted paper products, including essential materials for the food, medical device, and pharmaceutical industries. The facility maintains an ISO 9001:2015 Quality Certification, making it a specialized manufacturer for products that require specific standards for safety and cleanliness.

As quarantine procedures began in March in response to the COVID-19 virus, Atlantic Caribbean took precautions to ensure the facility and workforce would remain safe and able to continue producing the critical medical and food supply packaging needed to keep the supply chain running.

Regional Director, Yajira Giron, also welcomed support from The Dominican Association of Free Zones (ADOZONA), the National Council of Free Export Zones (CNZFE), and the Dominican government for helping Atlantic maintain its essential production operations. “The FASE plan implemented by the government has really helped industry, helped us reduce the concerns of the whole sector, of the employees, their homes, and how to help them,” said Giron.

Rodriguez Marchena Shares News about Atlantic Caribbean

Beyond supplying needed protective packaging for producers, Atlantic Caribbean used its supply infrastructure to help distribute Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like masks and gowns to employees and their families, as well as members of their local community who needed the gear to stay safe. These distribution drives are the most recent example of the deep community involvement and investment from Atlantic Caribbean. (See: Atlantic Caribbean Serving in the Community.)

While many businesses explore how to safely resume their daily operations, Atlantic Caribbean acts as a case study of best practices to keep employees and surrounding areas safe while still conducting business. ADOZONA, CNZFE, and the government of the Dominican Republic make it possible to operate safely and keep essential products moving to distributors and consumers throughout the Caribbean.

Thanks to the FASE plan, significant uncertainty about worker security was reduced, and Atlantic Caribbean has been able to serve critical manufacturers reliably throughout the COVID-19 crisis.