MAY 2010

Smurfit-Stone will operate Emerald Waste recycling facility

Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. will partner with waste management company Emerald Waste Services (EWS) to operate their materials recycling facility (MRF) and transfer station in Gainesville, Florida.

Smurfit-Stone, which produces paper and paperboard products, has also developed an expertise in recycling, initially to help feed its own mills. Lately, the company has signed similar partnerships with other regional waste management firms including Advanced Disposal, Jacksonville, Florida, and Waste Services, Inc. to help them maximize the efficiency of their MRFs in select markets.

These partnerships can be seen as a response to the increasing complexity of the business of materials recovery with its price volatility, economies-of-scale, capital expenditures, and specialized knowledge needed to operate more efficiently.