UPM Shotton takes a step closer to zero waste with PHS

(UPM, Shotton, 10 September 2010 at 09:00GMT) - UPM Shotton paper mill have struck a long term deal with waste management company, PHS Special Contracts, part of PHS Wastetech, to reprocess all of its rejected material into valuable products.

The paper mill already recycles 650,000 tonnes of recovered paper per year in its newsprint manufacturing process, combusts deinking residues to make energy and reuses the ash from the combustion process.

The last piece in the jigsaw can now be diverted from landfill. Mixed waste materials from UPM Shotton's pulping process will be cleaned and reprocessed to make recycled plastic products such as railway sleepers, furniture and high quality plastic board. Other materials sent to PHS which cannot be processed on their site, such as tin and aluminium will be sent to other reprocessors.

Mr Andrew Bronnert, Head of Energy & Utilities at UPM Shotton, said: "We are delighted to have found an innovative solution through PHS Allclear for this most difficult of waste materials. We are now really heading towards zero waste from the site"

Mr Patrick Wadey, Head of PHS Special Contracts, said "We are proud to be able to offer this solution to UPM. The reject waste stream is the key to achieving zero waste to landfill for the recovered paper sector and we are privileged to be in a position to offer a sustainable alternative to the industry."

Mr David Ingham, General Manager of UPM Shotton added: "This strategic agreement has enabled us to meet our vision as the frontrunner in creating value from renewable and recyclable materials."

In January 2010 UPM Shotton announced the construction of a Materials Recovery Facility on site to separate mixed recyclable materials from kerbside collections to a recovered paper suitable for newsprint manufacture.

For more information, please contact:
Mr Andrew Bronnert, Head of Energy & Utilities, UPM Shotton, tel. +44 (0) 1244 284 329
Mr Will Stone, Head of Communications UK & Ireland, UPM, tel. +44 (0) 7841 493 447

Notes to editors

About UPM Shotton
UPM Shotton Paper is part of UPM, the world’s biggest user of recovered paper for graphic papers. The Shotton mill recycles 640,000 tonnes annually. UPM Shotton is the largest newsprint mill in the UK, producing 100 per cent recycled newsprint for the national and the regional press, with capacity to produce 500,000 tonnes a year. Previous investments include a combined heat power plant which started up in 2006.

About UPM
UPM leads the integration of bio and forest industries into a new, sustainable and innovation-driven future. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. UPM consists of three Business Groups: Energy and pulp, Paper, and Engineered materials. The Group employs around 24,000 people and it has production facilities in 15 countries. In 2008, UPM's sales amounted to EUR 9.5 billion. UPM's shares are listed on the Helsinki stock exchange. UPM – The Biofore Company – www.upm.com and www.upmbiofore.com

About PHS Wastetech
PHS Wastetech is a leading service provider in commercial waste collections operating throughout the UK. We provide innovative solutions for waste collection and recycling services to local and national customers in the commercial, retail and industrial sectors. PHS Wastetech have been an established company for over eight years and have a network of over twenty depots strategically positioned in England, Scotland & Northern Ireland to establish maximum coverage yet ensuring efficient vehicle movements. Over 25,000 clients benefit from our extensive knowledge and expertise within the waste management sector.