Countrystyle wins £6m Smurfit Kappa recycling contract

Recycling firm Countrystyle Recycling has been appointed by Smurfit Kappa to provide recycling services for various waste streams.

Countrystyle Smurfit Kappa

Hired following the installation of a new machine at the Townsend Hook site in Snodland, Kent, the £6m contract will run until April 2018.

Countrystyle is providing resource management services for 30,000 tonnes of material per year arising from the new machine, including ragger rope, small and heavy rejects, fine rejects, plastics and sand.

It is also providing total waste management services for all non-processed waste streams at the Snodland site.

Countrystyle and Smurfit Kappa worked together closely on the design of specialist containers to optimise logistics and fit within the designated waste collection area into which the various waste streams arising from the mill are directed.

Each waste stream is collected separately by Countrystyle’s own fleet and transported to various treatment and disposal sites including Countrystyle’s own recycling facility in Ridham.

Malcolm Wright, purchasing manager at Smurfit Kappa, said: “We are pleased to be working with Countrystyle as we know that they are specialists in their field, using experience and innovation to tackle difficult waste streams such as ragger rope. We are confident that they will deliver our goal of 100% diversion from landfill, bringing with it both environmental and financial benefits for Smurfit Kappa.”

Countrystyle’s managing director, Chris Howard, added: “This contract cements our relationship with Smurfit Kappa and justifies our significant investment in aiding the recovered paper sector in the recycling and reuse of by-products from its processes.”