DS Smith Italia supports Riciclo Aperto 2018

On 21-23 March 2018, DS Smith Italia’s Recycling and Paper Divisions participated in “Riciclo Aperto”, or “Open Recycling”, an event which aims to inform people about the lifecycle of paper.

The event is promoted by COMIECO, the Italian consortium for paper collectors and recyclers, and DS Smith Lucca Paper Mill has taken part in Riciclo Aperto since 2000.

During the event, DS Smith opens its paper mill and recycling facilities to the public, so that the local community learns what happens to the papers that are collected for recycling. Local schools arrange visits and tours for students, and this year, over 320 pupils visited Lucca Paper Mill and our recycling depots in Turin, Milan, Lucca, and Ancona.

At Lucca Mill, secondary school pupils were educated about the importance of segregated collection of paper, as well as the papermaking process. Their tour of the mill included the opportunity to see our paper machines in action, from the bales of paper for recycling that are fed into the pulper, to the reels of finished paper at the other end of the production process. Students were also shown our quality testing laboratory procedures, which ensure the quality of our paper.

DS Smith Recycling Italia’s Commercial Manager, Claudio Carriero, commented:

“It was great to see that the students participating were attentive, curious, and enthusiastic. They were open to learning first-hand the meaning of separate waste collection, as well as the environmental value of our work. This year, as in previous Riciclo Aperto events, a seed has been sown with the next generation about the importance of environmental awareness.” 

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