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Essity invests EUR 11 million to improve recycled fibre recovery in Hondouville

Sweden-headed global hygiene and health company Essity AB has announced that it is investing approximately EUR 11 million (≈ SEK 110 million) in its Hondouville mill in France, to improve fibre recovery from recycled food and beverage cartons.

Sweden-headed global hygiene and health company Essity AB is investing approximately EUR 11 million (≈ SEK 110 million) in its Hondouville mill in France, to improve fibre recovery from recycled food and beverage cartons (photo courtesy Essity).

Since 2008, Essity’s Hondouville mill in Normandy, northern France has been the leading recycler in France of food and beverage cartons, currently recycling more than 63 percent of all cartons that are sorted, collected, and recycled in the country according to CITEO and Alliance Carton Nature.

This new investment will allow Essity to extract 98 percent of paper fibres contained in food and beverage cartons thereby increase the recycling capacity of cartons to 24 000 tonnes a year. The fibres from these cartons are used in the fibre mix to manufacture Tork branded products within Professional Hygiene.

This investment improves our contribution to a circular society with cost-effective and sustainable production. We also take important steps towards reaching Essity’s goal that all production waste will be subject to material or energy recovery by 2030, said Magnus Groth, President, and CEO at Essity.

The improved recycling system will be operational during the first half of 2022.

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