UK Company Bags Zero Waste Award

A UK-based paper bag company has been given the Achieving Zero Waste Award for finding the best approach for waste generated by the processing and production of paper and cardboard.

The UK Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) presented the award to DS Smith from for the Reject Processing Centre (RPC) at its Kemsley paper mill in south-east England. In six months, 12,400 tons was saved from landfill.

“The waste generated and subsequently used in the RPC amounted to 12,000 tons per annum of ragger – a byproduct of the paper pulping process containing baling wire, plastics and fibre – and 29,000 tons per annum of light rejects, ” said Dr. Jim Malone, Head of Recycling at the plant.

During the recycling process, a single-shaft, heavy-duty shredder was fitted to separate out the wire, plastic and wet fibrous material (WFM) from the ragger. The wire is sent for recycling and generates £20,000 (US$30,000) income a month. Plastics with little value are diverted into DS Smith’s onsite waste-to-energy plant to be turned into fuel. Remaining plastics are then mixed with sludge from the mill effluent process and used to process steam used back in paper production.

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