Delyn MP David Hanson is backing Flint-based manufacturers Kimberly-Clark in its bid for better waste paper collection and recycling in Flintshire.
David Hanson MP met with the team at the Aber Park site on Friday (June 20) to hear concerns over key business matters including the rising costs involved in obtaining the waste paper Kimberly-Clark uses in its products and spiraling energy costs.
Mr Hanson was told how the cost of recovered paper for the Flint site will reach about £8 million this year, and how the price for just one of the mills on site, Coleshill mill, had risen by 73 per cent since 2006.
In a bid to combat the costs, Kimberly-Clark is looking to join forces with Paperback Recycling Limited in Deeside to improve access to quality office recovered paper, and reduce that which would otherwise be sent to landfill.
Kimberly-Clark’s Recovered Paper Buyer Tony Waring said: “The UK now exports 54 per cent of all its recovered paper, of which nearly half goes to China, meaning the cost is going up and up.
“We are committed to using recovered waste and diverting as much waste from landfill as possible, but the costs and availability are having a huge impact on us here in Flint.
“We welcome the support from our local MP David Hanson, and are working with the Welsh Assembly, to help us improve access to quality office recovered paper. The project would involve us working with Paperback Recycling Limited – who would target office paper collections in the Flintshire and Deeside area.
“The project will divert about 700 tonnes of office paper each year from landfill to be delivered exclusively to Flint to be used in Kimberly-Clark products.”
Rising energy costs were also on the agenda, as Mr Hanson was told how the spiraling bills were offsetting the huge efforts being made to improve energy efficiency at the Flint plant.
Kimberly-Clark has made huge strides in the past few years towards improving energy efficiency at Flint, and is continuing to build on these achievements.
But despite the efforts, energy bills for the company are soaring.
Kimberly-Clark’s Flint Site Manager Malcolm Wright said: “We have reduced energy use by seven per cent on last year, and cut water usage by eight per cent, yet our energy bills will rise by £3 million in 2008.
“This is going to have a profound effect on British manufacturing, and it is something we want to highlight.”
Management at the Mill also took the opportunity to highlight continuing work on sustainability and environmental management including some significant past achievements. The Mill is particularly proud of being the first mill in Europe to receive the Forest Stewardship Council recycled accreditation in November last year.
Community achievements were also on the agenda, including the recent charity golf day. The event, now in its eighth year, was organised by the Flint site’s Employees in the Community group, and raised £3,500 for Nightingale House Hospice and CHICS North Wales and West Cheshire.
After listening to the concerns raised and following a tour of the site, Mr Hanson said: “At a recent meeting with representatives from Kimberly-Clark in London I was made fully aware of the issues concerning paper recycling in Flintshire and very much welcomed the opportunity to meet with staff at the Aber Park site in Flint.
“I have made it clear that I support Kimberly-Clark’s initiatives and had previously made representation to Government Ministers on their behalf. I will continue to work closely with Kimberly-Clark and promote their interests.”
Issued on behalf of Kimberly-Clark by Quadrant Public Relations. For further information please contact Jayne Morris on 01352 700208.
Background information for editors
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