UK-based corrugated packaging company Smurfit Kappa has launched a new recycling plant in Malaga, Spain, in an attempt to enhance its footprint in the region.

The move is expected to strengthen the company’s recovered paper service in the area.

Through the plant, the company expects to process more than 30,000t of recovered paper a year.

Smurfit Kappa Spain recycling country manager Ignacio Sánchez said: “We are proud to open the doors of this innovative new plant, which is further evidence of our ongoing commitment to sustainable development.

“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.”

Hybrid vehicles are deployed to collect paper and board from households and businesses.

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Thereafter, sorting takes place at the plant before being sent to the Smurfit Kappa Mengibar Containerboard Mill, where the material will be converted into board for new packaging applications.

Smurfit Kappa recovered paper vice-president Henri Vermeulen said: “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.”

The company’s portfolio comprises specialist recycling plants worldwide.

The company recently completed the acquisition of a 12,000m² site in Blackburn, UK, in a bid to increase its recycling capabilities in the region.