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Top corporate recognition for DS Smith Recycling’s sustainability efforts

Leading recycling and waste management company, DS Smith Recycling (formerly Severnside Recycling) has been recognised for its sustainable business practice, as part of the DS Smith Group which has been awarded the ‘Achievement in Sustainability’ category in this year’s prestigious Financial Times PLC Awards. The win is recognition of how the Group has embraced sustainability and made it integral to its business model.

DS Smith Group has excelled in addressing the three key areas of sustainability: economic, environmental, and social impact. The company has made sustainability its focus, with the ability to have recycled packaging back on the shelves within 14 days of collection. This is delivered by DS Smith Recycling, which collects used paper and cardboard from businesses including retailers, SMEs and printers, which is then recycled and used to manufacture new corrugated packaging.

In 2009/10 nearly 80 per cent of the paper in the Group’s corrugated packaging operations was recycled. At the same time, there was increased focus on reducing its environmental impact across all operations which has reduced carbon emissions by 1.5 per cent (400 tonnes) and water usage by 4.5 per cent.

Peter McGuinness, managing director of DS Smith Recycling, said: "As a company we are fully committed to achieving the sustainability goals of our clients by providing the most sustainable waste disposal options. This is coupled with ensuring that we practice what we preach within our own operations. We are delighted that our efforts have been awarded this level of recognition.

"Our Group’s closed-loop solution is a key differentiator at a time when our clients and prospective clients have sustainability high on their agenda. Increasing the amount of waste packaging we collect and transform each year is a vital part of our strategy – and one that is already paying dividends."

This commitment to clients is demonstrated through DS Smith Recycling’s relationship with Marks and Spencer to deliver its "Plan A" Sustainability Plan, specifically with the aim of achieving the retailer’s commitment to send zero waste to landfill by 2012.

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