Smurfit Kappa opens new recycling plant

By Sophie Chapman
The European packaging company, Smurfit Kappa, has opened its latest paper recycling plant in Malaga, Spain. The company is expanding its global networ...

The European packaging company, Smurfit Kappa, has opened its latest paper recycling plant in Malaga, Spain.

The company is expanding its global network of recycling plants, and has also targeted Malaga to strengthen its recovered paper service in the region.

The firm anticipates that its newest plant will process more than 30,000 tonnes of paper per annum, due to its location near the city – with recycling needs increasing.

Smurfit Kappa has also announced that it will be using eco-friendly hybrid vehicles to collect the paper from homes and businesses.

Following its collection, the paper is then delivered to and sorted at the plant, and will then be sent to the Smurfit Kappa Mengibar Containerboard Mill for conversion into board to be used for packaging.

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“We are proud to open the doors of this innovative new plant which is further evidence of our ongoing commitment to sustainable development,” announced Ignacio Sánchez, Recycling Country Manager of Spain.

“Paper-based packaging is 100% recyclable. All corrugated, solid board and folding carton can be put through a process to make it into another box in as little as 14 days, demonstrating a truly closed loop approach.”

“This facility will play a significant part in our ongoing strategic priority to ensure the permanent availability of enough good quality recovered paper to guarantee the demands of all our customers in the chain,” added Henri Vermeulen, Vice President of Smurfit Kappa Recovered Paper.

“We are therefore very pleased to have opened another recovered paper plant.”

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