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Local authorities are facing a complex set of pressures. With tighter budgets and higher targets, we can offer innovative solutions to help overcome the challenges of recycling


We work with local authorities, municipalities, schools, hospitals and more across the UK and Europe to streamline processes and help generate value from recycling .

We partner with waste managers to help them rethink their supply cycles, focusing on new, efficient processes that help meet recycling targets, incentivise waste reduction, and cut costs.

Keeping it local

As Europe’s largest paper and cardboard recycler, we manage around 6 million tonnes of material every year. We have operations in 14 countries across Europe and North America, making us ideally placed to service businesses and local authorities all over the globe.

We operate across eight depots in the UK, and our Kemsley paper mill, based in Kent, is the second largest recovered fibre-based paper operation in Europe, and the biggest in the UK. With its own recycling depot, and boasting an annual input capacity of over 900,000 tonnes, we are able to recycle all the UK’s paper recycling close to its source.

Closing the loop

We’re more than just a recycling and waste management company, we are also part of the DS Smith group with a purpose of redefining packaging for a changing world.

The cardboard we collect is recycled and turned into new cardboard boxes in our packaging division, creating a real closed-loop solution for our customers. 

This helps our customers achieve more in their recycling with minimal impact to the environment, while realising maximum efficiency..


Local Authorities need to partner with the recycling and waste management sector in order to balance legislative requirements with their residents’ needs.

DS Smith offers local authorities a strategic approach to their recycling and help tackle waste management challenges of today and the future. For example, find out how we are working with Kent County Council to increase recycling, reduce waste and cut carbon.

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