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Smurfit Kappa opens paper recycling plant in Malaga, Spain

European packaging firm Smurfit Kappa has strengthened its recovered paper service by opening a new paper recycling facility in Malaga, Spain.

Equipped to processe over 30,000 tons of recovered paper annually, the plant will be used to meet the increasing recycling requirements in the city.

Smurfit Kappa Spain recycling country manager 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.”

The paper and board waste collected by a fleet of eco-friendly hybrid vehicles from households and businesses will be sorted at the new recycling plant, which is built to ensure the highest standards in health and safety.

The sorted materialwill be then sent to the Smurfit Kappa Mengibar Containerboard Mill for conversion into board, which can be used to create new packaging.

Smurfit Kappa Recovered Paper vice-president Henri Vermeulen said: “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.”

Recently, the corrugated packaging firm has acquired a 12,000m² site in Blackburn, UK in an effort to boost its recycling capabilities in the region.

Last year, the company has opened a new bag-in-box experience center in Épernay, France featuring advanced technology and interactive displays, which will exhibit the films, taps and boxes with vast information and technical expertise.

Image: Smurfit Kappa’s new recycling plant in Malaga, Spain. Photo: courtesy of Smurfit Kappa Group.