Pulp Paper & Logistics

Paper industry drives for the recycling of fibre-based packaging


embers of the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI)

are joining forces with companies across the value chain to drive the recycling of fibre-based packaging and collaboration in circular design and materials to enable positive change in the circular economy. Called ‘4evergreen’, the scheme aims to boost the contribution

of fibre-based packaging in a circular and sustainable economy that minimises climate and environmental impact. In addition, the goals are to increase awareness of innovation in fibre-based packaging materials and recycling, set guidelines for product design enabling circularity and secondary use of fibres, and support the development of optimised collection systems as well as critical recycling

New recycling contract signed by DS Smith and the Co-op

DS Smith Recycling, which manages more than 5.5 million tonnes of paper for recycling a year in Europe, has signed a new five-year contract with the retail chain Co-op, one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives. In the partnership between DS Smith and Co-op, which builds on an existing ten-year relationship, more than 55,000 tonnes of cardboard packaging will be recycled a year in the UK at DS Smith’s Kemsley Paper Mill (pictured) in Kent, the second-largest recycled paper mill in Europe. Key to the partnership is both

organisations working together to maintain a consistent supply of good-quality cardboard packaging for recycling, which can then be used to make new packaging

products across DS Smith’s packaging operations. Commentating on the partnership

James Williams, account director at DS Smith, said: “It’s great knowing that we’ll be collaborating with Co-op for another five years. Both companies are focused on deploying a closed-loop approach through the whole supply chain, with the aim of minimising impact to the environment as much as possible.”

Abbie Case, category manager

at Co-op, added: “Reducing our environmental impact is, and always has been, at the heart of Co-op’s efforts, and we are delighted to continue our relationship with DS Recycling, who are helping us to achieve this.”

infrastructures and technologies adapted to fibre-based packaging. The alliance brings together the whole value chain. Members include Nestlé, Danone, Huhtamäki, SIG Combibloc, SEDA, Elopak, Tetra Pak, AR Packaging and Mars Group, among others. According to Eurostat, the recycling

rate for fibre-based packaging in Europe is already 84.6 per cent and the volume of recycled fibre-based

packaging alone equals that of all other recycled packaging materials together. Paper makers that have joined include Smurfit Kappa, Sappi, UPM, Mayr-Melnhof Group, Reno de Medici, Kotkamills, Ahlstrom Munksjö, International Paper, BillerudKorsnäs, Huhtamäki, SEDA, SIG Combibloc, Tetra Pak, Elopak, Walki, Schur Group, Cardbox Packaging and Firstan Ltd.

Chinese owned paper maker invests in the US

ND Paper, the North American subsidiary of Nine Dragons, China’s largest containerboard producer, has acquired a large industrial building at Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, indicating that it could be integrating into corrugated packaging. The site, near Foxconn’s new Mount Pleasant campus, is about 190 miles south of ND Paper’s mill at Biron, Wisconsin. In the past two years, ND Paper has bought four pulp and paper mills in the US: Biron; Fairmont, West Virginia; and Old Town and Rumford in Maine, and announced plans to shift some of the capacity to containerboard and recycled and virgin unbleached pulp.

November/December 2019

Earlier this year, ND Paper said that it would be converting Biron’s B25 paper machine from white papers to containerboard products, construction of a two- line greenfield recycled pulp facility and the construction of a water treatment and fibre recovery plant. “We are extremely grateful for

the support of WEDC and the State of Wisconsin,” said Ken Liu, chief executive at ND Paper. “These strategic investments not only create 27 new positions, but also preserve the jobs of our existing workforce of well over 300 hardworking employees. Our vision is to transform the Biron division into a world-class facility that is sustainable for the next 100 years.”

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