The Full Cycle paper recycling project has been awarded a Certificate of Recognition at the European Paper Recycling Awards.
The project, a collaboration between Antalis McNaughton and provider of innovative environmental paper solutions, Arjowiggins Graphic, was highly commended in the technology improvement and R&D category at the awards, which took place on 21st September in the European Parliament in Brussels.
Full Cycle offers a unique closed loop paper recycling service, which takes waste paper from Antalis McNaughton customers to Arjowiggins Graphic mills, where it is sorted and recycled to produce new office and print quality papers that customers can then buy back.
Arjowiggins Graphic mills are perfectly situated to accommodate the Full Cycle service, offering the closest sites to the UK which can be reached by road in one day from London. The company already makes 1,500 paper deliveries into the UK annually, so back hauling waste paper in this way is both economic and beneficial for the environment.
Shannan Hodgson, Corporate Affairs Manager at Arjowiggins Graphic, comments: "It's a fantastic achievement to be commended with a Certificate of Recognition from The European Paper Recycling Awards. The initiative recognises the innovation involved in the Full Cycle project and underscores the project's efforts towards enhancing the paper recycling process in Europe."
The Full Cycle project is unique in its proposition to provide a closed loop recycling process for graphic papers. Of the 80m tonnes of paper consumed in Europe in 2009, 40% was graphic quality paper and board products.
Matthew Botfield, Environment Manager at Antalis McNaughton says: "With so much graphic paper in consumption, it seemed a logical next step to find a way to recover used graphic paper and recycle it back to its original standard. The Full Cycle project successfully offers this service whilst also promoting the environmental virtues of recycled papers."
Full Cycle is currently available to Antalis McNaughton customers in the UK. Similar schemes are under development across other European countries, starting with France and Belgium in 2012.
For more information about Arjowiggins Graphic, visit www.recycled-papers.co.uk