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PaperChain and CRR strengthened as Smurfit Kappa Recycling rejoins

Smurfit Kappa has bolstered support for the Campaign for Real Recycling through its renewed membership of PaperChain. The European consumer of packaging grade recovered fibre rejoined PaperChain, which promotes high quality collections, in August this year. Recovered paper contamination resulting from commingled waste collections is an issue that has become increasingly important for paper recyclers with the push for local authorities (LAs) to improve recycling rates. Many LAs have opted for commingled collections. With Smurfit Kappa Recyclings membership PaperChain now represents more than 82% of UK recovered paper use. Smurfit Kappa Recycling managing director Simon Weston said: Collecting high quality materials close to home and then reprocessing them at UK mills is clearly in the best interests of society, the environment and UK industry. This is why we wholeheartedly support PaperChain and its involvement with the Campaign for Real Recycling. PaperChain chairman Martin Green added: We remained in close contact with Smurfit Kappa throughout the merger process and knew they shared many of our concerns about the declining quality of UK-sourced recovered paper. It was great to welcome them back to the organisation, and when you are voicing the opinion of more than 82% of the industry you must be listened to! Image: Smurfit Kappa Recycling managing director Simon Weston

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