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Smurfit Kappa Recycling urges more councils to consider ‘mixed paper’ recycling schemes

Added: (Thu Jun 05 2008)

Pressbox (Press Release) - As the nation celebrates Recycling Week (2-8 June 2008), a leading UK recycling company Smurfit Kappa Recycling, is urging local authorities to increase the range of paper-based materials they collect, thereby empowering the public to recycle more.

This follows the recent Local Government Association (LGA) survey which found that packaging waste is still a major issue. The British Retail Consortium (BRC) responded, by calling on local authorities to ‘develop their recycling facilities and increased and standardise the range of materials they will accept for recycling.’

Echoing these sentiments, Smurfit Kappa Recycling believes all councils should offer ‘mixed paper’ recycling services via kerbside collections and bring bank facilities to capture more packaging waste for recycling. Mixed paper can include newspapers, magazines, cardboard, directories, Yellow Pages, envelopes and all fibrous-based packaging materials from cereal boxes to ready-meal sleeves, and is not just limited to ‘newsprint.’

Managing director of Smurfit Kappa Recycling, Simon Weston, says:
“From our experience of working with councils we have found that mixed paper collection schemes can significantly improve the amount of waste being recycled in an area, because they are easy for residents to understand. The more inclusive a scheme, the more packaging waste that can be diverted from landfill sites.”

About Smurfit Kappa Recyling
Smurfit Kappa Recycling is part of the Smurfit Kappa Group, the world’s largest fibre-based packaging group. Bringing together the resources and renowned experience of two accomplished packaging companies with long established recycling divisions, Jefferson Smurfit and Kappa Packaging, Smurfit Kappa Recycling now offers increased coverage and improved technologies to provide high quality, reliable, paper collection and recycling services. The raw material provided by the Recycling division is then used through the Smurfit Kappa Group supply chain, eventually ending up on supermarket shelves, packaging electrical items, carrying bottles of wine and many other such uses.

Submitted by:Doug Bentall
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