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Efficiency and safety gains for Smurfit’s UK recycling operations

United Kingdom – A programme of investment has been completed at Smurfit Kappa’s UK recycling operations with the combined aim of saving energy, increasing efficiency and improving worker safety. Work has included development of a new depot at Snodland in Kent, including a new baler, and also new baler installations at its Blackburn and Glasgow depots.

Equipped with a Bollegraaf HBC 120 baler, the Snodland depot is processing locally-sourced paper and cardboard for annual production of approximately 250 000 tonnes of containerboard material at the group’s Townsend Hook mill on the same site. The depot will also supply recycled paper grades not used at Townsend Hook to other mills.

Another Bollegraaf HBC 120 baler has been installed at Smurfit Kappa’s Glasgow depot and a larger HBC 140 baler has gone into its Blackburn facility. ‘When the new balers are idle and waiting for new material, they automatically enter a power-save mode after 180 seconds while remaining ready to restart at any time, leading to substantial power savings,’ the group explains.

Furthermore, the need for working at height ‘has been minimised’ and interaction between people and the machine ‘can be kept to an absolute minimum’.

Smurfit Kappa owns two paper mills in the UK, at Snodland and also Birmingham, which typically reprocess around 500 000 tonnes of paper and cardboard per year, ‘enabling the company to recycle as much paper-based packaging as it produces’.

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