How does Norske Skog Golbey recycle its waste?

The nature of our business places us within the circular economy, as we only use recycled fibers from recovered paper and corrugated material as raw materials for our paper production.

We take the same approach to managing our waste and look for ways to reuse everything.

99.7% of our waste is reused

Like any industrial site, we generate waste through our activities. In 2022, we generated 146,000 tonnes of waste, the largest volumes being de-inking sludge from our process to convert waste paper to pulp and sludge from our wastewater treatment plant.

These sludges are used as fuel in our boiler no. 2 to produce renewable energy. The combustion residues from boiler no. 2 are the mill’s final waste.

Given the volumes involved, we consider it imperative to increase the number and the viability of our waste recovery channels rather than resorting to landfill. We have therefore dedicated substantial resources to R&D in order to innovate and create sustainable circular economy outlets.

The quality of our raw materials has an impact on our waste

The 450,000 tonnes of waste paper that we use every year contain more and more non-fibrous contaminant materials such as plastic, metal, staples, sand, etc. These are eliminated from our production process and end up in our waste.

Since 2022, plastics have been recycled by local manufacturers as SRF (Solid Recovered Fuel).

It’s important to work on the quality of our inputs. That’s why we’re working with our suppliers to improve the waste sorting process and ensure optimum quality for our inputs.

Sort, recycle, recover

All of our office paper and cardboard is picked up by our partner Citraval, which feeds it into our paper and corrugated material recycling process. Thanks to the many disposal points located throughout our site, it also collects and recycles the metals and non-hazardous industrial waste. Mixed waste found in our recovered paper cannot be recycled or recovered due to the mix of materials. It is used as SRF (Solid Recovered Fuels).

Currently, used cloth and felt from our paper machines are the only materials we have not been able to recycle.