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Third of Smurfit Kappa mills send nothing to landfill

Smurfit Kappa has announced that 12 out of its 38 paper mills – almost a third – sent no waste to landfill last year.

The paper company’s sustainable development report also revealed a 21.6% reduction in carbon emissions per tonne of paper produced, on track for a 25% target by 2020.

The report, Sustainability in Every Fibre, highlights the company’s exclusive use of sustainably sourced fibres in its products and processes.

Other outcomes are:

  • all raw material used in paper production sourced under chain of custody systems
  • 28% reduction in organic content of water returned to the environment from mills, on track for 2020 target of 33% reduction
  • 80% response rate to company-wide employee engagement survey

Smurfit Kappa has also launched a waste-to-landfill assessment project to map opportunities to reduce waste throughout its operations, enabling specific waste reduction targets.

Group chief operating officer Tony Smurfit said: “Our approach has delivered consistent business growth and long-term partnerships with some of the world’s most respected brands. Every day, we prove how our way of working contributes to a better, more sustainable world and a brighter future.”

Relative reduction of fossil CO2 emissions in 2014 was 1.2% compared with 2013, and is 21.6% lower than the 2005 benchmark.

The company uses software to allow customers to track the carbon footprint of individual packaging products.

It is also implementing water risk assessments at all mills to enable more specific targets and individual improvement plans.

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