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DS Smith supports CPI’s new packaging recyclability guidelines

Earlier today (13 February), the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) launched its ‘Paper & Board Packaging Recyclability Guidelines’ – a forward-thinking roadmap to help retailers and brands specify and design easily recyclable packaging, developed in collaboration with DS Smith and other leading names from across the supply chain.

As a leader in both the recycling and manufacturing of packaging materials, DS Smith was a key contributor to the document. Our packaging and recycling experts offered insight and experience to the CPI, to help shape sustainable packaging design for the future. From material use and production techniques to food contact guidance, our position as both a producer and reprocessor of packaging proved instrumental to the report’s development.

The ‘Paper & Board Packaging Recyclability Guidelines’ detail practical advice for manufacturers about which production materials should be prioritised, and which should be avoided, to allow better recycling of paper-based packaging.

Wolfgang Schwarz, Technology and Manufacturing Manager at DS Smith Paper, commented: “At DS Smith, we see the opportunity for packaging to play a powerful role in the world around us. We help our customers respond to changing shopping habits with the sustainable packaging solutions that our society needs.

Achieving high recyclability while maximising functionality is not easy, but when you consider the environmental impact of poorly designed packaging products, the value of doing so is clear. Being involved in developing these guidelines was an important exercise to not only guide the quality of recyclable materials arriving at paper mills, but also support the wider packaging industry to embrace best practice design for recycling.