DS Smith Opens Its First U.S. Recycling Plant


In Reading, PA., U.S., DS Smith has announced the opening of its first recycling facility in the United States, the company’s latest expansion of its business operations in North America..

The Reading facility is unique in the region as it is alongside the company’s paper mill and within a mile from its packaging plant, creating a closed loop manufacturing model that enhances its customers’ sustainable packaging credentials making it a circular economy trifecta.

“This new plant can recycle over 36,000 tons of old corrugated cardboard each year, creating new fully recyclable packaging for our customers in this region,” said Toby Earnest, head of recycling for DS Smith in North America. “Our goal is to achieve zero cardboard and paper going to landfill after packaging is used.”

The new 43,000-square-foot plant utilizes the innovation and processes that have enabled DS Smith to globally manage more than 5.5 million tons of material for recycling annually and become a leader in its industry.  In addition to material from DS Smith’s Reading corrugated packaging plant, the local team will work with others in the region to recover paper for recycling from local distribution centres, packaging facilities, retailers and print shops.