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SWM member DS Smith wins zero waste award for difficult to recycle materials

Our congratulations go to SWM member, DS Smith, who won the CIWM Achieving Zero Waste award for its Reject Processing Centre (RPC) at the Kemsley Paper Mill. The award, part of CIWM’s 2015 Sustainability and Resource Awards, was presented on 5 November at a ceremony in London hosted by presenter of TV’s Countdown and former adviser to Lord Sugar, Nick Hewar. A Reject Processing Centre was established at the mill to find a better way to deal with the amount of waste that arose from the processing and production of paper and cardboard. The waste generated and subsequently used in the RPC amounted to 12,000 tonnes per annum of ragger, a by-product of the paper pulping process containing baling wire, plastics and fibre, and 29,000 tonnes per annum of light rejects. In a six-month period 12,400 tonnes were diverted from landfill. To read the full story, visit DS Smith’s website.

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