A recovered paper recycling plant has been opened in Tuscany, Italy by Smurfit Kappa.
Smurfit Kappa Marlia will process approximately 15,000 tonnes of recovered paper in its first year, and this is then expected to rise to 25,000 per year tonnes after.
The new plant is located in a region where 60% of Italian containerboard and 90% of tissue paper is produced.
It will take recovered paper and board from the local council, supermarkets and businesses to provide the Smurfit Kappa Ania Paper Mill in Lucca, Italy that produces containerboard.
Smurfit Kappa Recovered Paper vice president Henri Vermeulen said: “Paper recovery is a key part of the circular economy. As part of our Better Planet Packaging initiative we are using our long-term experience in recycling to develop even more sustainable packaging concepts.
“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.”