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Mondi hosts first-of-its-kind round table to tackle used paper bags from construction

  • On 16 November 2023, a group of industry leaders came together to a round table in Spain to talk about how to boost the circularity of paper bags in the construction industry.
  • The project aimed at finding solutions how to scale up the collection, sorting and recycling of used paper bags, and reduce waste.
  • The round table followed a pilot project in which Mondi has already been collaborating with partners in the construction industry in Spain to increase the circularity of used paper bags.
  • New circularity approach provides template for more collaborators and industry leaders to join or replicate across Europe.

16 January 2024 – Mondi, a global leader in packaging and paper, has brought together industry leaders in an expert round table to discuss how to improve the circularity of used paper bags in the construction industry.

The event, which was held on 16 November 2023 in Madrid, looked at how to build systems that will prevent the disposal of used paper bags, working towards implementing a process of efficient collection, sorting, and recycling that can be managed on an industrial scale.

The partners attending were representatives from different parts of the value chain, namely Mondi, Envalora, Neinor Homes, OHLA, Arpada, Macotran, RCD Asociacion, S. Solís, Uder, Alier, Saint-Gobain and CoCircular. These like-minded industry leaders share a vision of boosting the circularity of paper bags used in the construction industry and see collaboration and stakeholder dialogue as a critical activity to achieve this.

The event follows a successful pilot project driven by Mondi, which set up a collection and recycling system for used paper bags in Spain. The project was initiated because paper bags used in the construction industry are currently not recycled at scale, resulting in valuable fibres being lost. In this pilot, different construction companies and specialised collectors for construction and demolition waste teamed up to manage the collection of used paper bags at construction sites, transportation, and the reprocessing of the used paper bags. This pilot provides a proof of concept to increase the circularity of used paper bags.

Carlos Martinez Ezquerra, Circular Economy Manager Flexible Packaging at Mondi says: "Improving the circularity of used paper bags in this industry is vital and our successful Spanish pilot project shows that it can become reality - but Mondi cannot do it alone. We need committed partners at every stage of the value chain to collaborate closely and create a successful model that can close the loop.

“This initiative - the first of its kind in Spain - is clear illustration of our commitment to working with industry partners across the value chain to increase recycling rates for used paper bags – and helps us set up an approach that can be scaled throughout Europe and across other industries.”

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About Mondi

Mondi is a global leader in packaging and paper, contributing to a better world by making innovative solutions that are sustainable by design. Our business is integrated across the value chain – from managing forests and producing pulp, paper and films, to developing and manufacturing sustainable consumer and industrial packaging solutions using paper where possible, plastic when useful. Sustainability is at the centre of our strategy, with our ambitious commitments to 2030 focused on circular driven solutions, created by empowered people, taking action on climate.

In 2022, Mondi had revenues of €8.9 billion and underlying EBITDA of €1.8 billion from continuing operations, and employed 22,000 people worldwide. Mondi has a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange (MNDI), where the Group is a FTSE100 constituent, and also has a secondary listing on the JSE Limited (MNP).

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