Greenfield Mill was built in 1997 and acquired by Arjowiggins Graphic in 2008. Greenfield is the leading European manufacturer of process chlorine free FSC® certified de-inked pulp. The mill has pioneered a unique process to produce high quality de-inked pulp that is then used to manufacture top quality recycled papers, offering outstanding levels of whiteness only previously experienced with virgin fibre papers.
With an annual production capacity of 150,000 metric tonnes of de-inked recycled pulp, Greenfield is the largest European plant of its kind. Around 20% of the waste paper used to manufacture the de-inked pulp is sourced from the UK thus diverting it from landfill.
The Mill boasts leading expertise and technologies enabling the production of a recycled pulp with the highest brightness and lowest dirt content on the market. Greenfield pulp is used to produce high grade recycled papers with various applications including but not limited to:
Advanced deinking technology allows for almost complete elimination of all contaminants and extraneous materials in recovered paper whilst 99% of ink and glue is removed from the pulp during this process whilst preserving cellulose fibre quality. The chlorine free whitening process improves the brightness of the paper by 25%.
|Location||Château-Thierry – France|
|Machines||De-inking line with 3 loops|
|Annual production||150,000 tonnes|
Virgin fibre paper is manufactured from cellulose fibres (fibres extracted from wood). These fibres can be recycled 4 to 5 times, it is rare in any industry for a material that is as recyclable as paper.
The residue that is created from deinking the paper is used to make soil treatment for agricultural use (65%) and in the production of cement and building bricks for the construction industry (35%)
The Greenfield de-inking process uses less water and energy than required to produce virgin wood pulp, to the benefit of the environment.
Recycling also encourages the creation of new employment opportunities, including:
If waste was not used by Greenfield, it would be treated as waste material and most likely end up landfill or incineration. Greenfield uses sorted office paper and sorted coloured letters - typically generated by offices
Greenfield mill is FSC® certified. All waste paper that Greenfield recycles, around 230,000 tonnes each year, is post-consumer, which means that it has been discarded by its final user. These papers are mainly from the Paris region and surrounding areas, within 300 kms of the mill, however around 20% is sourced from the UK.