Monthly Archives: June 2016

DS Smith supports coffee cups recycling

DS Smith supports coffee cups recycling, launched yesterday in London.

DS Smith supports coffee cups recycling

DS Smith supports coffee cups recycling. The packaging giant said it is committed to working with retailers, coffee cup manufacturers, and the recycling industry to try and find a solution to the recycling of disposable coffee cups.

The company is keen to find an effective way to process coffee cups found in many coffee retailers on the high.

One of the key problems with recycling coffee cups is that often there is multiple materials used to manufacture the cups, and a lack of infrastructure such as mills set up to deal with specific multi-material wastes.

The objective is to significantly increase paper cup recovery and recycling rates by 2020.

Jim Malone, head of recycling at DS Smith, said: “We recognise the recyclability of coffee cups is a significant issue. When the cups are improperly discarded they are a highly visible source of litter. There are a number of pieces of research being undertaken to produce recyclable cups and we are willing to collaborate with all sectors of the supply cycle to engineer a recyclable solution.”

Waxed and polyethylene-lined paper coffee cups are not ideal feedstock and are treated as a contaminant in DS Smith’s packaging mill feed stocks. This is because these cups have to spend a longer time in pulpers to break down the paper fibres for recycling compared with mono-material recyclable paper and card.

Currently there are only a handful of mills in the UK that are set up to deal with specific multi-material wastes, such as milk and juice cartons. These mills can reprocess only small quantities of waxed and lined paper cups.

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CPI announces corrugated CFQ standard

The Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) is set to launch a Common Footprint Quality (CFQ) standard for the UK fresh produce industry.

CPI aim is to ensure safe and high performance corrugated packaging for fruit and vegetables.

Revealing the initiative at the London Produce Show at the Grosvenor House Hotel, CPI’s director of packaging affairs, Andy Barnetson, said the move will further improve the efficiency of the fresh produce supply chain by allowing common footprint trays from different suppliers to be stacked safely and quickly, maximising space in both storage and shipping.

CPI, who shared a platform with the European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers (FEFCO) at the event for the fresh fruit, vegetable and flower industries on 8-10 June, says it is collaborating with its European counterpart during the process for establishing its own CFQ with a view to introducing the standard later this year.

Speaking to an audience of fresh produce suppliers and growers at the show, Barnetson explained: “The CFQ standard is another initiative by the industry aimed at retaining corrugated’s position as the packaging material of choice in the 21st Century. The mark will be an assurance that fruit and veg are suitably protected through the supply chain.

“Corrugated packaging’s ability to adapt to all shapes and sizes, its greater protective qualities and how it has evolved from a conventional brown box into a marketing tool thanks to the development of attractive shelf ready packaging (SRP), gives growers improved saleability for their products.”

Fresh produce needs packaging that provides cushioning, ventilation, strength, moisture resistance and protection. The CPI believes corrugated packaging combines all of these attributes as well as being sustainable.

Barnetson concluded: “Corrugated is the perfect fit for fresh produce. Nothing beats it for strength, space efficiency and stacking. Rolling out the CFQ standard is further proof that the industry is not resting on its laurels and is determined to ensure the best packaging solutions for all fresh produce companies.”

Circular economy MEP to boost renewables

Circular economy MEP to boost renewables, the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) has welcomed the European Parliament draft reports on waste legislation.

Circular economy MEP to boost renewables

Circular economy MEP to boost renewables, ACE said it commended the Rapporteur on the overall direction of the draft reports and supports in particular the proposals to encourage the use of bio-based packaging.

The ENVI Committee’s Rapporteur has proposed legislative action requiring Member States to take such measures as “improving market conditions” and “reviewing existing legislation hampering” bio-based packaging. This is a significant step forward from the policy intentions of the European Commission’s Circular Economy Action Plan, said ACE.

“ACE members welcome the Rapporteur’s emphasis on incentivising the use of renewable, bio-based sources in packaging materials”, said ACE president Kristian Hall. “These legal measures are needed to secure investments in the production of innovative materials from renewable sources. This will support Europe’s access to resources and improve the environmental performance of packaging.”

ACE said it is also encouraged by the Rapporteur’s proposal to increase separate collection and sorting of all packaging wastes and to reduce municipal waste landfilled by 2030 to 5%. “This sends a strong signal that all packaging that is recyclable should be recycled”, said Sabine von Wirén-Lehr, chair of ACE Task Force circular economy and senior manager, public affairs at Tetra Pak International.

ACE will consider the details of the Bonafè draft reports in the coming days and said it’s looking forward to further discussion with the European Parliament over what is needed in terms of legislation on waste to contribute to the realisation of a circular economy.