Converting Pulper Waste into Fuel Brings Profit

Turkish company KMK Paper becomes self-sufficient by converting its pulper waste from paper production into a fuel that provides energy for its own operations.

KMK Paper, a leading corrugated paper manufacturer in Turkey, recycles the shredded residual materials as Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) to generate the energy required for paper and board production. In this process, energy generated by burning is used to produce water vapor, which, in turn, is required for the production of high-quality corrugated board. This process, from production to reuse of pulper waste, is self-contained and efficient.

For its production facilities, the company relies on three single-shaft WLK 25 Super Jumbo shredders from German manufacturer Weima Anlagenbau GmbH. One has already been in place for five years at the Kütahya location and two more followed in Kahramanmaras. Every day, more than 100 tons of pulper braids and loose rejects from production are recycled. The resulting refuse-derived fuel is reused as an energy source for the company’s production.

Second production line
Kahramanmaras Paper Industry Incorp. was founded in 1988 in Kahramanmaraş in southeastern Turkey. Initially, it was dedicated to producing corrugated cardboard, with a capacity of 40,000 tons per year. At the beginning of 2012, a second production line was put into operation in the province of Kütahya. Today, the company produces 150,000 tons of paper and board products annually. In addition, the portfolio has steadily expanded to include products such as paper cores, textile board, printing board and gypsum board. The furniture industry has also been supplied regularly for some time.

(Published in GLOBAL RECYCLING Magazine 3/2021, Page 47, Photo: Weima)