UPM Shotton paper mill has taken a step closer to ‘zero waste’ following an agreement with waste management firm PHS Special Contracts to reprocess mixed waste materials from UPM’s pulping process.
PHS will take 20,000 tonnes of this material, which includes wet plastic as a result of shrink-wrapped magazines, from UPM Shotton each year. It will be cleaned and reprocessed to make recycled plastic products such as railway sleepers, furniture and high quality plastic board.
Other materials such as tin and aluminium, which cannot be recycled on PHS’s site will be sent to other reprocessors.
Already, UPM recycles 650,000 tonnes of recovered paper each year and sends deinking residues to its renewable energy facility located on-site.
UPM Shotton head of energy and utilities Andrew Bronnert said: “We are delighted to have found an innovative solution through PHS Allclear for this most difficult of waste materials. We are now really heading towards zero waste from the site”
Head of PHS Special Contracts Patrick Wadey said: “We are proud to be able to offer this solution to UPM. The reject waste stream is the key to achieving zero waste to landfill for the recovered paper sector and we are privileged to be in a position to offer a sustainable alternative to the industry.”
In January UPM announced the construction of a materials recycling facility (MRF) onsite to recover paper suitable for recycling. The plastic material PHS will be treating is too wet for UPM to put through its MRF