Smurfit Kappa Recycling has received certification to BS EN ISO14001, the
internationally-recognised Environmental Management System Standard, and
OHSAS18001, the Occupational Health and Safety Management System Standard,
following an independent audit by AJA Registrars.
Every one of Smurfit Kappa Recycling’s sites and depots received the
prestigious BS EN 14001 certificate, after completing a 12 month improvement
programme to reduce the impact of its operations on the environment by
reducing energy consumption and educating staff.
Gary Grant, UK operations manager said: "Diverting recovered fibre from
traditional waste outlets such as landfills has a positive impact on the
environment and Smurfit Kappa Recycling has a proud history of diverting
substantial volumes. This official accreditation demonstrates our commitment
to environmental protection in all aspects of our operations."
Smurfit Kappa Recycling has always implemented stringent health and safety
procedures to protect its employees and other parties associated with its
operations which range from collection and transportation to baling and
shredding. Compliance with the crucial OHSAS 18001 entailed a complete
review of health and safety including risk assessments and emergency
procedures, together with a comprehensive staff training and awareness
programme which ran across all eight depots from Southampton to Glasgow.
"We are very proud of this achievement in health and safety but
certification is not the end of the story. With the number of fatal
accidents in the waste and recycling industry currently more than the
national average, no company can afford to be complacent and we will
continue to do anything we can to protect our employees, customers and the
public," commented Mr Grant.
The recent certifications are in addition to the BSEN 9001 Quality
Management Standard which the company achieved in 1994. Compliance manager
Mark Montgomery added: "Accreditation to these important markers in quality,
environmental protection and health and safety is a fantastic achievement
and will enable Smurfit Kappa Recycling to compete in an increasingly