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WHAT’S IN THE BOX? THE GROWING TRADE IN THE EXPORT OF RECYCLABLES IS HELPING AT LEAST ONE PORT CUSTOMER GO FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH.

In an increasingly global marketplace, the rising price of raw commodities has created a growing trend in the export of recyclables, particularly to the Far East and Asia. One Port of Tyne customer, the international logistics specialists, Warrant Group, is now the UK’s largest freight-forwarding exporter of recycled materials from the UK to the Far East and Asia. As Warrant Group Chief Executive Ian Jones explains, utilising local services is a way of helping the local economy, as well as reducing the company’s carbon footprint. “At Warrant, we specialise in providing a range of import and export services to clients around the globe,” says Ian. “Our customers purchase waste paper from suppliers across the UK and export abroad for turning into packaging materials and finished products. They rely on freight forwarding companies like us to manage the shipping of their goods and to find the most cost effective way of getting their materials transported.

AMOUNT OF PAPER SHIPPED IN ONE CONTAINER

Warrant and the Port of Tyne have been working together since 2009 to develop a system which makes the most of available container space. Ships come in from the Far East with containers full of imported goods, which are then emptied and taken by the Port of Tyne’s trucks directly to the local recycling companies. There the empty container is loaded up with recyclables and then taken directly back to the ship for export back to the Far East. It is systems such as this that have helped the Port of Tyne to lead the field in ensuring that containers move around the world fully-laden, rather than empty “By working with local companies, we not only save money, but we also reduce their carbon impacts too,” adds Ian. “Being green is very important to us as a company and by using the Port’s local distribution capability and its feeder ships, we reduce the road miles we use and that all helps with controlling our carbon footprint.” Another factor for Ian is the ease of working with the Port. “I find the Port a like-minded company to ourselves,” says Ian. “They are very proactive and work with you to find a solution to any problem. They also match our hunger for success, so I know that we can grow together as we both move forward.”

OF CONTAINERS WERE EXPORTED FULLY LADEN IN 2011, HIGHER THAN THE INDUSTRY AVERAGE

WARRANT CONTAINERS WERE EXPORTED VIA THE PORT OF TYNE IN 2011

PAPER COLLECTION POINTS IN THE NORTH EAST & CUMBRIA

RIVERDALE PAPER As the leading provider of recycling solutions in the North East, Riverdale Paper Plc exports thousands of tonnes of recyclables per year in partnership with international packaging firm SCA who employ Warrant Group to handle their shipping requirements. “At Riverdale we collect a range of different materials for recycling” explains Commercial Manager Ken Barnett. “Most of the material we collect is generated from the commercial sector and processed at our sites in the region and then shipped to paper mills in the Far East.” The recycled cardboard will then be added to the paper making process and will eventually be made back into liner board that is used in the manufacture of cardboard. So the next time you recycle a cardboard box, just imagine the long journey that it’s going to take!

“By using the Port’s local distribution capability and its feeder ships, we reduce the road miles we use and that all helps with controlling our carbon footprint.” Ian Jones Chief Executive, Warrant Group Ltd

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