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Smurfit Kappa has opened a new recycling plant in Malaga, Spain, which will strengthen its recovered paper service in the region.

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The plant, which is expected to process over 30,000 tonnes of recovered paper annually, is perfectly positioned to meet the city’s growing recycling needs.

A fleet of eco-friendly hybrid vehicles collect paper and board from households and businesses. This is then sorted at the plant and sent to the Smurfit Kappa Mengibar Containerboard Mill where it is converted into board that is used to create new packaging.

The plant is designed to ensure the highest standards in health and safety and its proximity to the city centre makes it an ideal strategic partner for the city of Malaga.

Speaking at the launch, Ignacio Sánchez, Recycling Country Manager, Spain, 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.”

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

Smurfit Kappa has long been committed to best practice in recycling and has a global network of specialist recycling plants. The company recently completed the purchase of a 12,000 sq m site in Blackburn, UK to significantly increase its recycling capabilities in the region.