Earlier today (13 February), the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) launched its ‘Paper & Board Packaging Recyclability Guidelines’ – a forward-thinking roadmap, developed in collaboration with DS Smith and other leading names from across the supply chain, to help retailers and brands specify and design easily recyclable packaging.

As a leader in both the recycling and manufacture of packaging materials, DS Smith was a key contributor to the document, using its packaging and recycling experts to offer insight and experience to help shape sustainable packaging design for the future. From material use and production techniques, to food contact guidance, the company’s position as both a producer and reprocessor proved instrumental to the report’s development.

The report details practical advice for manufacturers about which production materials should be prioritised and which should be avoided to allow better recycling of paper-based packaging.

Wolfgang Schwarz, Technology and Manufacturing Manager at DS Smith’s Paper division, commented: “At DS Smith, we see the opportunity for packaging to play a powerful role in the world around us. We help our customers respond to changing shopping habits with sustainable packaging solutions that our society needs.

“Achieving high recyclability while maximising functionality is not easy but, when you consider the environmental impact of poorly designed packaging products, the value of doing so is clear. Being involved in developing these guidelines was an important exercise to not only guide the quality of recyclable materials arriving at paper mills, but also support the wider packaging industry to embrace best practice design for recycling.”

For more information about DS Smith’s recycling expertise, visit http://bit.ly/2GDxpO4. To download a copy of the report, please visit: https://paper.org.uk/PDF/Public/Publications/Guidance Documents/CPI Recyclability Guidelines Final.pdf

About DS Smith
DS Smith is a leading provider of corrugated packaging and a specialist in plastic packaging worldwide, supported by recycling and papermaking operations. Headquartered in London and a member of the FTSE100, DS Smith focuses on creating innovative sustainable packaging solutions in 37 countries employing around 28,500 people. Using the combined expertise of its four divisions – Packaging, Recycling, Paper, and Plastics – DS Smith works with customers to deliver solutions that reduce complexity and deliver results throughout the supply chain. Its history can be traced back to the box-making businesses started in the 1940s by the Smith family.