Smurfit Kappa has launched a new company called Recycling Dual GmbH to help German manufacturers and retail businesses reduce costs and improve their sustainability efforts, in line with updated legislation. Recycling Dual offers an innovative and integrated holistic solution to track the entire life cycle of paper, cardboard and carton packaging. The solution highlights duplication which can be removed from the supply chain and reduce costs.
The company says it guarantees to close the full loop for paper-based packaging for its customers. The service provides a holistic solution to ensure packaging from their products is recycled through a nationwide collection system. From 2021, Recycling Dual will have the ability to track the life cycle of paper, cardboard and carton packaging from production through to being recycled.
The company was set up in response to a federal law which was enacted last year requiring stricter recycling requirements for all manufacturers and retailers who use consumer packaging as part of their supply chain, especially for e-commerce companies with e-commerce packaging. The law requires businesses to buy licences for the packaging they use, and with costs expected to increase by up to 30% in 2021, this has led to a greater responsibility being placed on businesses to increase their recycling rates. Additionally, failure to comply can result in significant fines.
Recycling Dual organises the collection, sorting and recycling of sales packaging for businesses across Germany ensuring strict recycling quotas are met. As part of the service, Recycling Dual works in collaboration with numerous stakeholders including local municipalities and waste management companies.
Commenting on the service, Henri Vermeulen, Vice President of Smurfit Kappa Recovered Paper said, “We are delighted to provide this first to market service to our customers in Germany. Recycling Dual provides a cost effective solution for our customers which boosts recycling rates and meets a specific business need.”
“The integrated system combines Smurfit Kappa’s expertise in paper, packaging and long-term experience in the recycling industry and delivers on our solution focused approach to assisting our customers,” added Heiner Oepen, Managing Director, Recycling Dual.