DS Smith has announced plans to develop a recycling facility in Reading, Pennsylvania, as part of its growth plans in North America in 2020. The new recycling facility will complement the company’s existing paper mills and box plant in Reading, according to Toby Earnest, Director of Recycling for DS Smith North America. The Reading paper mill is a 100-per-cent-recycled-medium mill. He says the 52,000-square-foot Reading recycling plant will operate like a paper packing facility, collecting OCC, several high grades of recovered fibre and pulp substitutes from local shopping centres, third-party haulers and nearby packaging companies. The company has installed conveyor systems with feed drives at the facility and it will feature sorting stations and a Harris baler.
A large portion of the material at the recycling facility is expected to be consumed at the Reading mill and other DS Smith mills. Earnest said the Reading location is ‘close enough to the ports’ so the company can export to its distribution channels overseas as well.