Smurfit Kappa has opened a new recycling plant in the Tuscan region of Italy, strengthening its recovered paper service in the region.
The new Marlia plant will process approximately 15,000 tonnes of recovered paper annually, which the group said is expected to increase to 25,000 tonnes next year.
The Irish-based packaging giant added that the facility is strategically located in the district where 60% of Italian containerboard and 90% of tissue paper is produced.
The plant will work closely with the local council, supermarkets and businesses to collect used paper and board which is transported to another Smurfit Kappa plant in Lucca where it is used as raw material to produce new containerboard.
General Manager, Luca Mannori, said that the new plant is further evidence of the company’s ongoing commitment to sustainable development.
“Paper-based packaging is 100% recyclable,” Mannori said. “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.”
Henri Vermeulen, Vice President of Smurfit Kappa Recovered Paper added that paper recovery is a key part of the circular economy.
“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,” he explained.
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