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Smith Anderson produces new packaging material from drinks cartons

A recycling facility that was the first of its kind is now processing 3.6 million drinks cartons each week.

Smith Anderson's plant at Fettykil Mills was opened in July 2003, and uses hydrapulping technology to turn waste cartons into recycled paper products including carrier bags and envelopes.

The high quality, long fibres produced in the recycling of drinks cartons has enabled Smith Anderson to produce a new heavyweight press board for the packaging industry.

Smith Anderson commercial director Stephen Hutt said: "This is the first new product which we have been able to produce purely because of the new facility.

"The high quality of the card used in drinks packaging when stripped from the aluminium foil and plastic coating, produces long fibres. These have enabled us to produce stronger and more attractive products."

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