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 be recycled. 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.

Where DS Smith operates

We have operations in 14 countries across Europe and North America and manage around 6 million tonnes of material every year, half of which is processed through our own operations. The remainder we export to our global network of paper mills and other material processors.

For more information about what services we offer around the globe, visit our other regional websites:


Waste Recycling Services

Our recycling facilities across Europe makes us ideally placed to service your business. We offer a wide range of recycling services including:

We're proud to serve some of Europe’s best-known organisations such as Aldi, Tesco, Auchan and Laithwaite's, 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.

Find out how DS Smith can help your business with its recycling and contact us today.

More than just a recycling company, we are also part of the DS Smith Group, a leading provider of corrugated packaging solutions, supported by recycling and papermaking operations. 

DS Smith is a constituent of the FTSE 100 index, and today it employs over 29,000 people in 37 countries worldwide with a revenue of £6,171m. 

Our Group Purpose is to Redefine Packaging for a Changing World. We help our customers respond to shifting shopping habits with the sustainable packaging solutions that our society needs.

Our unique business model makes us different to other companies in the recycling sector, as the materials we collect for our paper and packaging operations can be 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.

Find out more about our materials trading and export services.

Our Purpose in the Recycling Division

Deveoping 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, and Paper divisions with the raw materials they need for their businesses.

Innovating Together

As a leading recycler, DS Smith has always been passionate about solving difficult recycling challenges. We have over 40 years of experience in innovating 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.


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