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Paper-based packager Smurfit Kappa has opened a new recycling plant in Málaga, Spain, which is expected to strengthen its recovered paper service in the south of Spain.
The company said the plant, which is expected to process over 30,000 tonnes of recovered paper annually, is perfectly positioned to meet the city’s growing recycling needs. In the city, a fleet of eco-friendly hybrid vehicles collect paper and board from households and businesses. This is then sorted at the plant and sent to the Smurfit Kappa Mengibar container board mill, where it is converted into board that is used to create new packaging.”
Smurfit Kappa said the plant is designed to ensure the highest standards in health and safety and its proximity to the city centre “makes it an ideal strategic partner for the city of Málaga”.
Speaking at the launch, Smurfit Kappa recycling country manager for Spain, Ignacio Sánchez, said: “We are proud to open the doors of this innovative new plant which is further evidence of our ongoing commitment to sustainable development.
“Paper-based packaging is 100% recyclable. All corrugated, solid board and folding carton can be put through a process to make it into another box in as little as 14 days, demonstrating a truly closed loop approach.”
Smurfit Kappa vice president of recovered paper Henri Vermeulen added: “This facility will play a significant part in our ongoing strategic priority to ensure the permanent availability of enough good quality recovered paper to guarantee the demands of all our customers in the chain. We are therefore very pleased to have opened another recovered paper plant.”