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Paper Recycling January 19, 2018 11:00:56 AM

Smurfit Kappa Announces Opening of New High-Tech Paper Recycling Plant

Paul Ploumis
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The sorted materials will then be transported to the company’s Mengibar Containerboard Mill where they will be converted into boards, which in turn will be used to create new packaging material.
Smurfit Kappa Announces Opening of New High-Tech Paper Recycling Plant

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster):  European packaging industry leader Smurfit Kappa has announced opening of new paper recycling facility in Malaga, Spain. The opening of the modern plant is expected to strengthen the company’s recovered paper service in the region. Further, the plant is expected to play a key role in ensuring permanent availability of sufficient quantities of quality recovered paper in order to meet the rising customer demand.

Speaking at the official launching ceremony, Ignacio Sánchez, Recycling Country Manager, Spain noted that the company is extremely proud to have opened the doors of an innovative plant which features latest recycling technologies. The opening of the plant demonstrates the company’s ongoing commitment to sustainable development. The Malaga recycling facility is an important step in the company’s rapid progress towards achieving the previously set 2020 sustainability goals, Sánchez added.

The plant is expected to have a capacity to process over 30,000 tons of recovered paper every year. The recycling plant will accept the paper and board waste collected from residential and commercial customers and will sort them by type. The sorted materials will then be transported to the company’s Mengibar Containerboard Mill where they will be converted into boards, which in turn will be used to create new packaging material. Smurfit Kappa Recovered Paper vice-president Henri Vermeulen stated that the facility follows a truly closed loop approach in line with the sustainability principles.

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Of late, Smurfit Kappa has expanded its recycling facilities through key investments at its global facilities. The corrugated paper giant had carried out a series of investments across its national depot network of recycling operations in the UK, in an attempt to boost cost efficiency and worker safety. Also, it had recently acquired a new site in Blackburn, UK to boost its recycling capabilities. The company had recently made significant investments at its Nettingsdorf paper mill in Austria. In addition, it had opened a new center in France that provides hands-on experience to customers on the capabilities offered by Bag-in-Box solutions.

Smurfit Kappa is world’s leader in paper-based packaging solutions having operations in Europe and the Americas.

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