March 11, 2010 – Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation’s Recycling division today
announced it has partnered with Emerald Waste Services (EWS) to operate EWS’s
materials recycling facility (MRF) and transfer station in Gainesville, FL. Smurfit-Stone
will pull recyclable materials delivered to the transfer station from the waste stream,
thereby reducing the amount of material which goes to the landfill.
“This agreement between Smurfit-Stone and Emerald Waste Services reflects how
industry partnerships can help close the gap between the waste that society generates
and what is being recovered for recycling and reuse,” said Mike Oswald, senior vice
president and general manager of Smurfit-Stone’s Recycling division. “By partnering
with waste industry leaders, government, communities and non-government
organizations (NGOs) we are able to provide financial and environmental benefits to
both our customers and communities.”
As a recycling industry leader, Smurfit-Stone utilizes innovative partnerships and stateof-
the-art technology to provide recycling and waste management solutions to retailers,
manufacturers, grocers, printers, communities and waste haulers.
“Emerald Waste Services is a leader in the solid waste collection and disposal industry
in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi,” the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, Bart
Begley, said. “Combining the talent and resources of EWS and Smurfit-Stone allows
both our companies to better serve our customers by providing an efficient and costeffective
solution to the waste and recycling needs of Gainesville and Alachua County,
FL. It’s a great partnership and we look forward to growing it as this project moves
Smurfit-Stone has 30 recycling plants in the United States offering comprehensive
recycling and waste solutions, and has sales and procurement offices in North America,
Asia and Europe. Its waste and recycling experts provide recycling and waste solutions
to some of the world’s largest corporations.
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Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation is one of the industry’s leading integrated containerboard and
corrugated packaging producers, and one of the world’s largest paper recyclers. The company is a
member of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® and the Chicago Climate Exchange. Smurfit-Stone
generated revenue of $7.04 billion in 2008; has led the industry in safety every year since 2001; and
conducts its business in compliance with the environmental, health, and safety principles of the American
Forest & Paper Association.