At RWM 08 Smurfit Kappa Recycling will be telling local authority visitors how its mixed paper grade service can drive up recycling rates, while private sector visitors can uncover packaging recycling solutions that will help them to reduce their environmental impact – and save money!
With its own paper mills in Birmingham and Kent, Smurfit Kappa Recycling provides a reliable market for recovered paper and board, using it throughout the Smurfit Kappa Group supply chain to produce new packaging that ends up back on retailers' shelves. Increasingly the public and private sectors are realising the benefits of this solution. Some customers take advantage of the company's haulage and bulking facilities, while others close to the mills and depots choose to deliver materials directly.
Mixed paper is more inclusive
Councils can maximise the range of paper-based materials they collect from bring banks and the kerbside by using Smurfit kappa Recycling's “mixed paper” grade service. Mixed paper can include newspapers, magazines, cardboard, directories, Yellow Pages, envelopes and all fibrous-based packaging materials from cereal boxes to ready-meal sleeves, and is not just limited to newsprint.
Managing director of Smurfit Kappa Recycling, Simon Weston, explains: “From our experience of working with councils we have found that mixed paper collection schemes can significantly improve the amount of waste being recycled in an area, because they are easy for residents to understand. The more inclusive a scheme, the more packaging and paper waste that can be diverted from landfill sites.”
Focus on Quality:
It was recently reported that over nine per cent of co-mingled household recycling sent to sorting facilities is actually rejected, and instead ends up being landfilled or incinerated.*
As members of PaperChain, Smurfit Kappa Recycling supports the UK's Campaign for Real Recycling, calling for urgent action from government and local authorities to improve the quality of recycled material in the UK.
Smurfit Kappa Recycling is able to guarantee to local authorities and their residents that the material it collects is only going to be used at a Smurfit Kappa paper mill.
Simon Weston, managing director at Smurfit Kappa Recycling says, “Our paper mills reprocess over 500,000 tonnes of material annually. Collecting high quality material close to home, and then reprocessing it at UK mills, is clearly in the best interests of society, the environment and UK industry.”
Bring Banks Raise Recycling Profile:
In the effort to increase participation in kerbside recycling amongst the general public, the key role played by bring containers can be easily overlooked. But, properly managed, bring bank sites can help to raise the profile of recycling and provide an opportunity to collect a whole range of good quality, source separated recycling streams.
Smurfit Kappa Recycling provides bring banks at hundreds of local authority sites where residents can recycle their “mixed papers,” and has seen first-hand how the provision of these facilities can drive up recycling rates.
Plastic Recycling and Security Shredding Now Part of Commercial Offering:
Within the commercial sector, Smurfit Kappa Recycling partners many key organisations in retail, distribution, automotive and print. With eight depots from Southampton to Glasgow, and a nationwide transport network, Smurfit Kappa Recycling provides a comprehensive collection infrastructure to support businesses of all sizes from blue chip companies like Asda, Boots, Argos and Farm Foods to small to medium sized businesses and charities.
Smurfit Kappa Recycling can also provide customers with air extraction systems, balers, compactors, skips and office recycling bins for use at their premises. In addition to paper and cardboard recycling solutions, the company now offers expert plastic recycling and security shredding services.