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Turning paper & card into cash for local charities

National Zero Waste Week 3-9 September 2012

30 August 2012 – Demelza Hospice Care for Children is the first local charity to benefit from a new fund-raising recycling scheme set up by Smurfit Kappa Recycling and the Smurfit Kappa Townsend Hook paper mill. Local businesses and residents can help to raise money for local charities simply by bringing their old paper and cardboard to the recycling bank outside the paper mill in Mill Street, Snodland, Kent.

After the first month of the scheme’s operation Andrew Richards, financial controller at Smurfit Kappa Townsend Hook presented a cheque for £612 to Donna Wells, corporate partnerships manager at Demelza. Smurfit Kappa Recycling pays for every tonne of material collected from the paper bank and each month a Smurfit Kappa employee nominates a local charity to benefit from the funds raised. Demelza provides hospice care for over 700 children with life-limiting illnesses and their families across Kent, East Sussex and South East London by providing both residential hospice care and community care.

The more paper and card that local residents and businesses bring to the paper bank, the more money will be raised for local charities. All of the material collected is used in the paper mill, where it is recycled into brown paper that is used to make new packaging materials. Increasing the amount of locally sourced-material also helps the mill to further reduce the carbon footprint of its operations by cutting transport emissions.

“As part of the Smurfit Kappa Group’s commitment to sustainability, we are always looking for new ways to support and work with the local community, ” said Sarah Lesting Smurfit Kappa Recycling’s commercial manager for the South East. “This new fund raising scheme will provide much needed financial support for local charities. It will also help us to ensure the mill recycles as much locally-sourced material as possible to make into new packaging.”

If you would like to speak to Smurfit Kappa Recycling about organising a free collection of cardboard from your business or organisation, please contact Sarah Lesting on 07710 152004






Photo Caption:

Andrew Richards, financial controller, Smurfit Kappa Townsend Hook (left) and Donna Wells, corporate partnerships manager at Demelza (right) helping to recycle paper and cardboard at the recycling bank outside the Smurfit Kappa Townsend Hook paper mill in Snodland, Kent.

Press information:

Smurfit Kappa Recycling PR Contact:

Doug Bentall or Anna Dunbar at Iona Communications Ltd, Tel: 01892 800164 or

About Smurfit Kappa Recycling

Part of the world’s largest fibre-based packaging group (Smurfit Kappa Group), Smurfit Kappa Recycling provides a full spectrum of bespoke paper and board recycling solutions for businesses and organisations of all sizes including recovery of cardboard, office papers and plastics and security shredding. The Group paper mills in Birmingham and Kent reprocess around 500,000 tonnes of material per annum, providing a reliable market for recovered paper and card. This enables Smurfit Kappa UK to collect and recycle as much paper based packaging as it produces. Smurfit Kappa Recycling is a member of Business in the Community and has achieved Carbon Trust Standard certification.

About Demelza:

Demelza is an organisation providing hospice care for over 700 children with life-limiting illnesses and their families across Kent, East Sussex and South East London through residential hospice and community care. It runs an eight-bedded hospice in Kent and a six-bedded hospice in South East London, providing short break care, day care, symptom control, end-of-life care and bereavement support for over 700 life-limited children and their families. The Demelza community team also provides a care service for children and families in East Sussex, Kent and South East London. Specialist paediatric nurses go directly into the family home to provide day care, crisis intervention, an on-call service and respite.


Turning paper & card into cash for local charities