Producing new paper from already used paper fibers guarantees enormous savings in terms of resources and soil consumption, preserving forests and safeguarding the planet. He knows it well LCI Italian Recycled Paper Processing, founded in Italy in 2007 with the aim of reducing the environmental impact of the paper industry through the collection and recycling of used paper and cardboard.
The company is engaged in the trade: from the selection plants it buys packaged paper and cardboard ready for recycling, so as to supply it to the paper mills where they are resurrected to return to new life.
On the Italian market, LCI is investing to improve and increasingly specialize the product from separate waste collection. And it does so by collaborating with existing platforms and with the help of internal inspectors at the time of loading so that the collected material can be used again by more companies.
In 2021, the LCI company recovered 590,000 tons of paper and recorded a turnover of over 123 million euros. If we think that in the first year of establishment the turnover was around 25 million euros and that 5 years ago 450,000 tons were harvested, the upward path of this company is evident, which is aiming to increasingly expand its business. Recently, in fact, it has also landed in the UK, as well as being present in Italy and Spain and about 80% of its exports are destined for Asian paper mills.
In all these states, LCI is an example of how sustainable entrepreneurship can create economic, social and environmental value, promoting a more balanced and environmentally friendly development model.
The school project
Born in 2017, the project “LCI Cloosed Loop School Recycling” aims to raise awareness among the new generations and to “close the circle” towards a sustainable recovery of waste paper starting directly from the consumer. What is it about? In practice, the school collects the paper material it no longer uses in specific containers made available by LCI, which then collects them to send the material to its own UPM paper mills and to the other partner paper mills which will produce new paper.
At the end of the year, LCI delivers to each participating school its certificate with an indication of the quantity in tons of paper material produced by the school and recovered.
Marco SilvestriCEO of LCI enthused: “Paper recycling involves each of us, both as individuals and as part of a system, and can make a difference in the crucial game of sustainability. Educating on the culture of recycling helps to protect the environment and write a better future for the next generations. This is why we have been working for years in the school world, putting concrete initiatives in place, as well as our collection service. The result fills us with pride: the students learn to recycle in the correct way and in turn encourage their parents to do so, aware that the circular economy is fundamental for the future of the planet”.
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