Paper and Cardboard Recycling

Paper and Cardboard Recycling

Responsible Recycling

We can give you a reliable market for recovered paper and card, our two UK paper mills reprocess over 500, 000 tonnes per annum, which equates to around 12% of the UK's recovered paper volume. Read more...

Security Shredding

Security Shredding

Who emptied your bins today?

You could be breaking the law and potentially liable for a fine or even imprisonment if your confidential documents are not disposed of securely. Read more...

Sustainable Paper Recycling

Sustainable Paper Recycling

Smurfit Kappa Recycling Gains Carbon Trust Status

Smurfit Kappa Recycling, and its parent organisation Smurfit Kappa Paper UK, have gained the highly acclaimed Carbon Trust Standard. Smurfit Kappa is the first multi-site packaging company to gain Carbon Trust Status. Read more...

Paper and Cardboard Recycling for Local Authorities

Smurfit Kappa Recycling works with many local authorities across the UK and offers mixed paper collections, bring bank networks, HWRC (Household Waste & Recycling Centre) services and cardboard recycling.

Five Things Every Council should know about Cardboard Collection with Green Waste

1. Diverting cardboard from green waste can make significant savings on gate fees and captures a valuable resource;
2. Smurfit Kappa Recycling can offer a dedicated and regular household collection service from the curtilage;
3. It is likely that Local authorities will not be able to count the amount of waste materials sent to composting towards their recycling performance, unless the resulting compost complies with the PAS 100 and the Quality Protocol:2011 specification;
4. Defra has highlighted that recycling paper back into new paper products is the preferred option, as it is the most environmentally sustainable. (Guidance on applying the Waste Hierarchy, Defra June 2011);
5. The Organics Recycling Group recommends that wherever possible paper and cardboard waste are collected separately from green waste.

For more information Download pdf: Cardboard in Green Waste

UK Recycling

Almost five million tonnes of waste paper are still sent to landfill or incineration each year. This means that the paper industry has to import fibre to meet its needs, which does not make environmental or economic sense. With its own paper mills in Birmingham and Kent, Smurfit Kappa provides a reliable market for 500,000 tonnes of recovered paper annually. The guarantee that the paper collected is only going to a Smurfit Kappa Group paper mill is proving to be key benefit to many local authorities who are looking for a reliable, responsible recycling contractor who will always have a market for their paper.

Bring Banks Boost Volumes

Properly managed, bring bank sites can help to raise the profile of recycling and provide an opportunity to collect a whole range of good quality, source-separated recycling streams. Smurfit Kappa Recycling provides bring banks at hundreds of local authority sites where residents can recycle mixed papers. The provision of these facilities can drive up recycling rates.

Case Study: Sevenoaks District Council Bring Bank Expansion

When the time came to renew its newspaper and magazine recycling contract, Sevenoaks Council was looking for a partner who could improve and expand the District’s bring bank facilities to include more
large cardboard, while providing a robust and reliable service.

“The fact that material is reprocessed in the UK is important to Sevenoaks District Council. Many of our residents are concerned about end-use destination too, so the Smurfit Kappa scheme meets that need,” says Charles Nouhan, Recycling and Commercial manager, Sevenoaks District Council.

The scheme has proved very successful, with average weekly tonnages increasing from two tonnes of cardboard only, to almost seven tonnes of mixed paper and card, and rising.

Read the Full Story - Download pdf: SevenoaksDC_CaseStudy

Higher Recycling Rates from Mixed Paper

In many years working with local authorities Smurfit Kappa Recycling has found that the flexibility of a mixed paper grade service can help to drive up recycling rates.

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 newspapers and magazines. This makes recycling easy for residents to understand. The more inclusive a scheme, the more packaging and paper waste that can be diverted from landfill sites.

Loose or Baled

Local authorities can provide material in loose or baled form and deliver it directly to the company’s mills in Kent and Birmingham or to one of Smurfit Kappa Recycling’s seven depots located across the country (all certified to BS EN ISO14001 and OHSAS18001).


The paper industry is the UK’s largest recycler. Smurfit Kappa UK collects and recycles as much paper based packaging as it produces. It is constantly looking to reduce the environmental footprint of its manufacturing process. The boilers at its Birmingham paper mill for example now burn waste biogas from a new water treatment plant, which saves on average 300 tonnes of CO2 emissions per month.


Smurfit Kappa mills accept PAS105 specification material. Paper is a fibre-based product and anything in a delivery of recovered paper that is non-fibrous is effectively waste. The better the quality of the recyclate, the higher the price the company can offer, the more efficient the paper making process and the greater the environmental benefits.

Contact Us for more information on how we can help you to increase recycling rates and raise revenue from paper and cardboard collections.

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