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DS Smith moving two recycling plants

DS Smith is relocating two recycling plants as part of a £4m infrastructure reorganisation.

The company is moving its east London plant to share a site with a mill in Maidstone, Kent, which it says will allow it to continue servicing the London area and increase coverage throughout the south-east.

It is also moving its south-west recycling facility from Keynsham to Avonmouth. Both sites are currently going through the planning process and are expected to open in the spring.

DS Smith says the changes will allow it to process plastics, other materials and non-recyclables as well as fibre.

The company says it is adapting to a consumer shift towards home shopping, which has led to more types of card appearing in municipal waste streams.

Mathew Prosser (pictured), DS Smith Recycling UK managing director, said: “This investment will improve our ability to manage material directly into the mill at Maidstone, due to its close proximity.

“The Avonmouth site is a perfect logistics hub that will give us scope for improved recycling operations as well as providing better access to serve our customer base throughout Wales and the south, including key commercial areas of Cardiff, Bristol, Swindon and Gloucester.

“Changes to both facilities will increase our ability to reach more customers and process more tonnes.”

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