Indonesian delegation visits DS Smith recycling depot

January 2, 2020 Off By Sebastian Reisig

DS Smith, the UK’s leading sustainable packaging company has hosted an Indonesian trade delegation in its West Uxbridge recycling depot as part of a wider visit to British waste management and recycling operations.

The team of five was composed of trade envoys and senior stakeholders investigating recycling standards abroad. Indonesia is one of the many markets that DS Smith exports and supplies paper to, and the delegation heard from the company’s Recycling Division UK Exports Director, Andrew Akroyd, who focused on the importance of quality for reprocessing.

The issue of waste exports, particularly plastic, has recently topped the government’s agenda, with a commitment in the Queen’s Speech to ban plastic waste exports to non-OECD countries. The move follows Indonesia’s efforts to crack down on exported foreign waste after the country received and returned over 250 contaminated containers in violation of import rules this year. 

The group viewed a small presentation on the 32-person Uxbridge operation which included information on recycling quality procedures and AI processes used. They were then taken on a tour to view how the depot – which processes between 70,000 to 80,000 tonnes of paper per annum – works.