Smurfit Kappa has completed a programme of investment in its network of recycling depots across the UK.
The paper and packaging company has two UK paper mills, in Birmingham and Snodland in Kent, which reprocess around 500,000 tonnes of paper and cardboard a year, enabling the company to recycle as much paper-based packaging as it produces.
The investment was in a new depot in Snodland, balers at Snodland, Blackburn and Glasgow depots, and an additional weighbridge in Nottingham.
Smufit Kappa says it undertook the changes to increase the efficiency of its operations, save energy, improve worker safety and enhance customer experience.
“We are committed to sustainable development as we strive to enhance environmental performance, safety and customer service,” said managing director Paul Clarke.
The new Snodland depot is processing locally sourced paper and cardboard for recycling at the group’s Townsend Hook mill on the same site, which produces 250,000 tonnes of quality containerboard material each year.
The depot will also supply recycled paper grades not used at Townsend Hook to other mills. A new depot has been erected on part of the mill site freed up by its redevelopment, and a Bollegraaf HBC 120 baler has been installed.
The company has also invested in health and safety measures to improve pedestrian and transport segregation at the depots.
Traffic flow into and out of Smurfit Kappa Recycling’s Nottingham site has been improved with an additional weighbridge.