Smurfit Kappa Cork enter into Stereo and Forme Recycling Project in conjunction with Smurfit Kappa Ireland
As part of the Smurfit Kappa drive for improved sustainable practice within our businesses, Smurfit Kappa Ireland launched a project to reduce and eliminate the quantity of obsolete customer origination that is sent to landfill for disposal. Smurfit Kappa Cork took a leading role in this project and immediately sought to identify a process of destruction that was both controlled and traceable.
Two processes were identified as being preferable to landfill as a means of disposal. The first of these is complete or partial recycling of each piece of origination so that the core materials can be reused within the wider industrial circle. Unfortunately, the compositions of both origination types are not conducive to straight forward recycling and as a consequence, it was agreed that waste to energy through incineration would be a viable and acceptable alternative.
The Indaver Waste to Energy facility in County Meath was identified as the waste process facility to be used for this initiative.
The facility is the first of its kind in Ireland and is designed to process up to 200,000 of residual waste a year with energy generation of over 15 MW of electricity per hour for export, enough to supply 20,000 homes.
Indavers facility will help Ireland to meet national and EU Environmental renewable energy targets as well as improve energy security.
The facility can accept a wide range of industrial, commercial and other waste types and both the stereo and forme streams were deemed acceptable. Steroes are sent directly to Indaver and they are disposed of under EWC code 09.01.08. Formes are initially sent to Co. Longford to Furniture Recycling limited for crushing before onward shipment to Indaver where they are disposed of under EWC code 20 03 07.
The project has proved successful year to date and Smurfit Kappa Cork look forward to assisting our partner plants achieve similar success with the switch.