DS Smith Recycling announces new Innovation Manager

DS Smith, the FTSE100 sustainable packaging company, has today announced the appointment of Stephanie Dalton as Innovation Manager for its Recycling Division. Reporting to the Head of Strategic Development & Business Transformation, Stephanie will be responsible for developing recycling innovation projects across Europe.

Stephanie joins the Recycling innovation team having recently been focused on overseeing strategic development for DS Smith’s recycling activities within large blue chip retail organisations. She brings over 20 years’ industry experience, having worked within the recycling, facilities management and producer responsibility sectors.

I am excited to join the Innovations team at DS Smith’s Recycling Division and drive developments in resource management by working closely with customers to understand their needs.

Stephanie Dalton
Innovation Manager at DS Smith Recycling

Stephanie continues: "As we continue to see e-commerce grow, with 64% of Europeans shopping more online during Covid-19, the amount of packaging coming into households is increasing. Developing solutions to tackle that as an industry and as a company and responding to changing consumer habits really excites me."

Based in the UK, Stephanie will initially focus on technology advancements targeting the reduction of contamination in recycling, further underlining the company’s commitment to quality materials for recycling. The role will also focus on developing the DS Smith circular business model by forging closed loop partnerships and championing solutions for many of today’s biggest recycling challenges including tackling the rise of packaging entering into consumer recycling streams.

The European Innovations team in the Recycling division is vital in making sure that we can deliver the front end customer solutions so we can continue to deliver high-quality paper for recycling to our own and partner mills.

Rogier Gerritsen
Managing Director at DS Smith Recycling

Rogier concludes: "It is fantastic that Stephanie is transitioning into this important role and I look forward to her bringing some of her extensive experience with her."