Waste paper and cardboard thrown out by staff at South East Water’s head office in Snodland, Kent is being turned into water thanks to the help of Smurfit Kappa Recycling.
Staff at South East Water are encouraged to throw waste paper and cardboard
into a special bin on site at the head office. When the bin fills up it is
taken away by Smurfit Kappa Recycling, weighed and then the weight of the
waste is converted into cash for WaterAid, a charity which works to provide
safe water, sanitation and hygiene education projects in some of the world’s
All of the paper and cardboard collected is taken straight to the local
Smurfit Kappa paper mill in the same town for reprocessing and is used
throughout the Smurfit Kappa supply chain to produce new packaging
Smurfit Kappa Recycling’s commercial manager for the South East, Sarah
Lesting said: "This is a win-win initiative. As well as providing much
needed funds for a deserving charity, South East Water is choosing a local
and responsible recycling solution that minimises carbon emissions and
supports local industry."
Sue Sampson, facilities supervisor at South East Water, said: "WaterAid is
the Company’s own nominated charity and a cause very close to our heart, as
just £15 can enable one person to access safe water, improved hygiene and
sanitation.This scheme not only ensures our paper and cardboard waste is
recycled, it enables the Company to help a charity provide fresh water to
those who are not as fortunate as us."