Kent County Council signs paper recycling contract with DS Smith

DS Smith has today (17 March) announced a recycling contract with Kent County Council to process 15,000 tonnes of paper and cardboard a year.

The collected paper and cardboard will be processed in DS Smith’s paper mill in Kemsley, Kent – which currently recycles over 840,000 tonnes of material every year. 

DS Smith Kemsley paper millKent County Council is working with its collection services to reduce contamination of recycling by collecting paper and cardboard separately to other recyclables.

This follows the Council’s Waste Disposal Strategy, covering the period 2017-2035, which aims to ensure the county’s waste is disposed of, recycled or reused in the most efficient and environmentally friendly way.

Sian Farrell, Business Development and Contract Manager for DS Smith’s Recycling Division said: “We are delighted to start a new recycling partnership with Kent County Council and are looking forward to working with them to reduce waste and increase recycling.

“Our innovative solutions, closed-loop model and account management will help to further reduce contamination, improve quality and ultimately push recycling rates even higher in the region.”

David Beaver, for Kent County Council, added: “Our partnership with DS Smith to provide recycling services for our paper and cardboard will support our efforts towards reaching our recycling targets.

“This is a new and exciting venture where we look forward to establishing a relationship with the Kemsley Paper Mill to improve Recycling in Kent.

“Its expertise in recycling and the location of the site within Kent County was an important factor in investing in this new partnership.