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Graphic Packaging is our largest customer

Feb 18, 2019 by Chris Wood, Ph.D.


The Graphic Packaging International Mill is shown in the background of this photo of the MWA Rocky Creek Water Reclamation Facility, which treats from 7 to 9 MGD of wastewater from this one customer.

Not only is Graphic Packaging International (GPI) one of the largest jobs providers in Macon-Bibb County, the global packaging manufacturing is the largest customer of the MWA as well.

From October of 2017 thru September 2018, the MWA Rocky Creek Water Reclamation Facility provided more than 2.7 billion gallons of wastewater treatment for Graphic Packaging. (Yes, that’s billion with a “B”).

To put this into perspective, the typical MWA residential customer sends between 60,000 to 90,000 gallons of wastewater to MWA treatment facilities, annually.

The MWA constructed the Rocky Creek Water Reclamation Facility in the early 1970’s as a joint treatment facility with the Macon Kraft Company. Today, the facility provides wastewater services for the southern and western portions of the City of Macon and Bibb County, although the majority of its wastewater treatment handles GPI operations.

The current capacity of the Rocky Creek Plant is 24 million gallons of wastewater per day (MGD). The MWA averages approximately 18.5 MGD of treatment at Rocky Creek presently, with 7 to 9 MGD coming from the Graphic Packaging Mill.

The Rocky Creek Plant is an advanced secondary wastewater treatment facility utilizing the extended aeration activated sludge process, followed by conventional filtration. There are three separate flow streams conveying wastewater to the plant – from Graphic Packaging, as well as from the Tobesofkee Creek and Rocky Creek sewer interceptor lines.

Graphic Packaging is a leader in the packaging industry, serving hundreds of the world’s most recognized brands of food, beverages, and other consumer products. GPI is one of the largest manufacturers of folding cartons, unbleached paperboard, coated recycled board, microwave packaging and machinery. The GPI Macon Mill designs and manufactures smart and attractive packaging that stands out in the highly competitive marketplace.

In addition to serving as the largest MWA customer, GPI is a generous corporate citizen as well, evident in its long-standing sponsorship of Macon’s annual river cleanup – Ocmuglee Alive!

Media contact:
Chris Wood, Ph.D.
P: 770-757-1681

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