Helsinki, Finland, 10 September 2010 -- UPM Shotton paper mill has struck a long-term deal with waste management company PHS Special Contracts, part of PHS Wastetech, to reprocess all of its rejected material into valuable products.
The paper mill already recycles 650,000 metric tons of recovered paper per year in its newsprint manufacturing process, combusts deinking residues to make energy, and reuses the ash from the combustion process.
The last piece in the jigsaw can now be diverted from landfill. Mixed waste materials from UPM Shotton's pulping process will be cleaned and reprocessed to make recycled plastic products such as railway sleepers, furniture, and high quality plastic board. Other materials sent to PHS that cannot be processed on their site, such as tin and aluminium, will be sent to other reprocessors.
"We are delighted to have found an innovative solution through PHS Allclear for this most difficult of waste materials. We are now really heading towards zero waste from the site," said Andrew Bronnert, head of Energy and Utilities at UPM Shotton.
"We are proud to be able to offer this solution to UPM. The reject waste stream is the key to achieving zero waste to landfill for the recovered paper sector and we are privileged to be in a position to offer a sustainable alternative to the industry," said Patrick Wadey, head of PHS Special Contracts.
David Ingham, general manager of UPM Shotton added, "This strategic agreement has enabled us to meet our vision as the frontrunner in creating value from renewable and recyclable materials."
In January 2010 UPM Shotton announced the construction of a materials recovery facility on site to separate mixed recyclable materials from kerbside collections to a recovered paper suitable for newsprint manufacture.
About UPM Shotton
UPM Shotton Paper is part of UPM, the world’s biggest user of recovered paper for graphic papers. The Shotton mill recycles 640,000 metric tons annually. UPM Shotton is the largest newsprint mill in the UK, producing 100% recycled newsprint for the national and the regional press, with capacity to produce 500,000 metric tons a year. Previous investments include a combined heat power plant which started up in 2006.
UPM's products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. UPM consists of three business groups: Energy and pulp, Paper, and Engineered materials. UPM employs around 24,000 people and has production facilities in 15 countries. In 2008, UPM's sales amounted to EUR 9.5 billion. UPM's shares are listed on the Helsinki stock exchange. For additional information, visit www.upm.com and www.upmbiofore.com
About PHS Wastetech
PHS Wastetech is a leading service provider in commercial waste collections operating throughout the UK. The company provides innovative solutions for waste collection and recycling services to local and national customers in the commercial, retail, and industrial sectors. PHS Wastetech has been an established company for over eight years and has a network of more than 20 depots strategically positioned in England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland to establish maximum coverage yet ensuring efficient vehicle movements. More than 25,000 clients benefit from the company's extensive knowledge and expertise within the waste management sector.