Waste management is one of the most significant challenges we face today, and Sappi ReFibre has developed an outsourced business model that enables the division not only to recycle large volumes of paper, but to benefit businesses and communities as part of the process.
Sappi ReFibre procures board and paper for recycling from an extensive network of agents across the country. This is sourced directly from homes, offices, wholesalers and retailers, as well as from manufacturers in both the formal and informal sectors. Most agents offer a one-stop service, and collects not only paper but also other recyclables such as glass and certain kinds of plastic and metal.
Sappi ReFibre, in turn, offers a secure market for certain categories of recyclable paper and assists its agents by providing both equipment and business support.
For Sappi, recovered board and paper is a valuable resource where it is used to supplement virgin fibre in the papermaking process. Many of Sappi’s papers contain recycled fibres, and one of the group’s mills, the Cape Kraft Mill, uses only recovered paper and board in its manufacturing process.