UPM turns drupa waste into a valuable resource
- 21 May 2012
- Company & Industry News
UPM recycles all printing paper waste collected at the drupa exhibition in Germany working in close co-operation with Remondis, a leading waste management company.
Printed and unprinted waste paper is collected in containers at drupa and transported to Remondis' baling facility. The bales will be transported to the UPM Hürth mill located close to Düsseldorf, where they will be used as valuable raw material in UPM's paper production.
"At drupa 2012 we will continue our established partnership with Remondis and collect the paper generated during the exhibition. Reusing the valuable wood fibre at our UPM Hürth mill located very close to Düsseldorf makes it possible to minimize also the environmental impacts of transportation. This truly shows one aspect of our Biofore thinking coming to life", says Päivi Rissanen, Environmental Director of UPM Paper Business Group.
Biggest user of recovered paper
Recycling is an essential part of any environmentally-responsible business and core to UPM's Biofore strategy. With four million tonnes of recovered paper per year, UPM is the world's largest user of recovered paper in graphic papers. About one third of fibre raw material used in its paper production is recovered paper. UPM's annual consumption of recycled paper would fill the Empire State Building more than three times.
In addition to being the largest user of recovered paper worldwide, UPM seeks to maximise the reuse of recycled materials in all aspects of its business.
To provide sustainable recycling, UPM acts in close partnership with local authorities and industrial partners. UPM delivers efficiency and innovation through long-term working partnerships with logistics and waste management companies, delivering integrated waste management and recycling services to both the public and private sectors.
UPM mills in Hürth (Germany), Chapelle (France), Schwedt (Germany) and Shotton (UK) are all producing paper from 100% recovered paper. Other UPM mills using recovered paper are Augsburg (Germany), Ettringen (Germany), Kaipola (Finland), Schongau (Germany), Plattling (Germany) and Steyrermühl (Austria).