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Veolia transforms non-recyclable paper into new products

Veolia has launched a new technology to transform non-recyclable paper and cardboard from household waste into a pulp. This new pulp is suitable for a range of products such as insulation and construction materials, demonstrating its commitment to the circular economy.

With state-of-the-art technology is able to extract previously non-recyclable paper and cardboard from the residual waste fraction at Southwark's Integrated Waste Management Facility that is currently going to energy recovery. This new solution will turn this fibre stream into a new product: Pro-Fibre.

Veolia is investing £1 million into the new technology in Sheffield which will be able to treat up to 20,000 tonnes a year and produce up to 14,000 tonnes of Pro-Fibre. The process includes identifying and capturing the non-recyclable fibre fragments, pulping, cleaning, screening and a mechanical pressing stage.

The Pro-Fibre product can be manufactured either wet or dry and is suitable for businesses looking for a cost-effective and more sustainable feedstock. It can be used as a raw material in manufacturing industries to create a wide range of products such as:
  • Cellulose-based insulation
  • Packaging products
  • Construction materials (plaster boards…)
Forbes McDougall, Head of Circular Economy at Veolia said “This new technique allows fibres that would normally not be recycled now to be turned into a new product with a wide range of uses! Not only will this benefit the circular economy it will also help Veolia increase recycling rates across the UK. We’re open to new applications and welcome ideas from manufacturers who would identify Pro-Fibre as a feedstock alternative.”

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