About DS Smith Recycling

About Us

At DS Smith we provide integrated recycling and waste management services, ranging from simple recycling collections through to full recycling and waste management solutions, to businesses of all sizes.

We’re experts in helping businesses get the best value from their recycling by implementing services that deliver less cost, less waste and less complexity.

Waste Management and Recycling

We are Europe’s largest cardboard and paper recyclers, and a leading full recycling and waste management company. We believe that any materials that can be recycled should not end up in incineration as our aim is to turn 100% of the resources you send us into something useful once more. In fact, we’ve been diverting waste away from landfill and driving forward quality in recycling for over 40 years, allowing businesses to focus on what they do best.

We have operations in 15 countries around Europe and manage over 5.5 million tonnes of material every year, which we recycle at our own mills and supply to a network of partner mills around the world.

We're proud to serve some of Europe’s best known organisations such as Aldi, Tesco, Primark, Auchan and IKEA, as well as thousands of smaller companies across multiple sectors. Take a look at our case studies to discover how our solutions are benefiting our customers, large and small.


We have recycling facilities across Europe, making us ideally placed to service your business. We offer a wide range of recycling and recovery processes including:

The DS Smith Group

More than just a recycling company, we are also part of the DS Smith Group, which is a leading provider of sustainable packaging solutions and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 index. Today it employs over 31,000 people in 37 countries worldwide with a revenue of £6,171m.

This link to our manufacturing divisions makes us different to other companies in the recycling sector, as the materials we collect for our paper and packaging operations are recycled and turned into new products, creating a real closed-loop solution for our customers. 

Materials trading

Like any manufacturing process, papermaking requires a high quality of input material in order to produce high quality finished papers. Because DS Smith is a papermaking company, we’re trusted by our network of partner mills to supply quality material for export. We also trade in plastics for recycling.

Find out more about our materials trading and export services.

Our purpose in the Recycling Division

Developing the right strategies

Everything we do is focused on providing customers with innovative, effective, sustainable strategies that help to increase recycling and reduce their waste. That’s why we’ve won multiple awards with our customers for our long-term partnerships.

Thinking differently

Everyone talks about waste as a resource, but at DS Smith Recycling, it really is. That’s because, as part of the DS Smith Group, we have a crucial role to play in providing our Packaging, Paper, and Plastics divisions with the raw materials they need for their businesses.

Innovating together

We’ve been innovators in the recycling industry for over 40 years. Today we’re one of Europe’s leading paper and cardboard recycling companies, managing over 5.5 million tonnes of packaging material for recycling every year. We innovate throughout the supply cycle - from collections through to the supply of recycled materials.

Putting sustainability at the heart

Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do. We help our customers establish auditable recycling and recovery routes to improve their Corporate Social Responsibility and environmental credentials. The material that we collect from our customers is reprocessed by our Paper division and turned into new cardboard boxes by our Packaging division to be back on retailers’ shelves within 14 days.