Recycling wastepaper in Ostroleka

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Wastepaper put to use in Ostroleka

The Stora Enso mill in Ostroleka, Poland, just underwent a major facelift thanks to the opening of a new paper machine, which will double the mill's capacity to 500,000 tonnes per year.
The mill produces recycled lightweight paper for cardboard used in boxes for consumer goods and transport. The Polish market for these products is growing by 5 per cent annually. 
In preparation for the new machine, which was opened in first half of 2013, a power plant under Stora Enso's management was first set up to secure energy for the whole mill. The power plant runs partly on biofuel, using waste from the forest industry and bark from on-site wood handling equipment. 


​Obtaining the recycled paper needed for production proved to be a bit of a challenge. Poland is one of the lowest-ranked countries in Europe when it comes to paper recycling. In order to obtain enough raw materials for the paper machine, Stora Enso has developed its own recycling depots and collects paper in 20 of the largest cities around Poland. This enables the production of high-quality, low-weight container board made of 100 per cent recycled material. The low weight of the container board in turn results in lower transport costs, lower energy consumption and thus a better environment.

The Ostroleka Mill, located northeast of Warsaw, supplies board material to the other plants in Poland, where various kinds of packaging are produced. The mill employs some 1,000 people and dates back more than 50 years. It has been a part of Stora Enso since 2004.​