Smurfit Kappa, Dublin, Ireland, has announced that it opened a new recycling plant in the Tuscany region of Italy, strengthening its recovered paper service in the region. The new plant, Smurfit Kappa Marlia, is strategically located in a district where 60 percent of Italian containerboard and 90 percent of tissue paper are produced, Smurfit Kappa reports in a news release.
The plant will process about 15,000 metric tons of recovered paper annually, the company says. It plans to increase its processing capabilities to about 25,000 metric tons in 2020 as well.
The Marlia, Italy, depot works closely with the local council, supermarkets and businesses to collect used paper and board, which is transported to the Smurfit Kappa Ania Paper Mill in Lucca, Italy, where it is used as raw material to produce new containerboard.
“We are delighted to have this new plant up and running, which is further evidence of our ongoing commitment to sustainable development and an important addition to the region,” says Luca Mannori, general manager of the new Smurfit Kappa facility. “Paper-based packaging is 100 percent recyclable. All corrugated, solid board and folding carton can be put through a process to make it into another box in less than 14 days, demonstrating a truly closed loop approach.”
“Paper recovery is a key part of the circular economy,” adds Henri Vermeulen, vice president of Smurfit Kappa Recovered Paper. “As part of our Better Planet Packaging initiative, we are using our long-term experience in recycling to develop even more sustainable packaging concepts. The new Marlia plant will play a significant part in ensuring the permanent availability of enough good quality recovered paper to guarantee the demands of all our customers in the chain.”