SPAIN – Smurfit Kappa has opened a new recycling plant in Malaga, Spain to process recovered paper and meet a growing market for the recycled paper in the country with a capacity of 30,000 tonnes of recovered paper.

The recovered paper and board will be collected from households and businesses then subjected to sorting at the plant before they are sent to Smurfit Kappa Mengibar Containerboard Mill.

The city’s waste paper that probably was a menace to the environment will now be recycled into board that is used to create new packaging.

According to the company, its initiative was a dedication to achieving sustainable development by ensuring high standards in health and safety of the people in Spain.

“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,” said Ignacio Sánchez, Recycling Country Manager, Spain.

Smurfit Kappa Roermond had recently ordered Voith, a global technology group to supply and install a new forming section and head box for PM 1 in a move to ensure availability of recovered paper and guarantee the demands of all our customers in the chain.

This was aimed at increasing production as well as the speed of the operation to ensure good quality recycled paper.

“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,” said Henri Vermeulen, Vice President of Smurfit Kappa Recovered Paper.