Bryson Recycling has signed a contract with Lurgan-based paper re-processor firm Huhtamaki (Lurgan) Ltd, in a move that will see all paper collected by Bryson in Castlereagh recycled locally.
Under the agreement, paper collected through Bryson’s kerbside box service, which has been operating in the Castlereagh area since 2001, will go to Huhtamaki’s plant in Lurgan, where it will be recycled to make moulded fibre products such as egg cartons and cup carriers.
Huhtamaki, who started recycling in 1890 by producing boxes for the linen industry, installed the first purpose built moulded fibre pulp mill in Europe in the 1970s. The firm currently employs 200 people at its Lurgan site, supplying products to major UK & Ireland customers including Marks & Spencers, Morrisons, Asda, Sainsbury, Skea Eggs and McDonalds.
Announcing the deal, Eric Randall, Director at Bryson Recycling, which is part of the Bryson Charitable Group, commented:
“I am delighted to have agreed a deal with Huhtamaki, which will enable Bryson to increase the amount of business it does with local firms. The recycling industry here is enjoying great success in spite of the difficulties that have been experienced by other sectors, and is playing an increasingly important role in the Northern Ireland economy as a whole. With approximately 1000 tonnes of paper collected in Castlereagh each year, we hope that carrying out the next stage in the recycling process in Northern Ireland will benefit the sector here, as well as reducing our impact on the environment by transporting the materials only a short distance.”
Jeff Kearon, Logistics Manager of Huhtamaki, said:
“We very much welcome the opportunity to work with Bryson Recycling, who will be providing a significant boost to our Northern Ireland operations. The paper that Bryson will be supplying to us from Castlereagh is of excellent quality and will be used to make moulded fibre products, which will enable us to continue to meet demand for high quality packaging from for our customers across the UK and Ireland.”
Alderman Gareth Robinson, Chair of the Council’s Technical & Environmental Services Committee in Castlereagh Borough Council added:
“Looking after our environment is a key priority at Castlereagh Borough Council, and it is vital that everyone plays their part in order to make a difference. Bryson has been at the forefront of recycling in our local community for many years and I am pleased to see that its commitment to local industry remains strong, providing support to local businesses and helping to sustain jobs in the sector. I would encourage residents in Castlereagh to ensure they use the box service to help protect our natural resources and support an important industry in Northern Ireland.”