Paper Mills

Pulp and paper is a big part of what we do. Our products range from the finest quality sustainable kraft papers to 100% recycled liners.

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Recycled Paper Mills


Location: Reservoir, Victoria
Opened: 1983

  • Paper grades ranging from 180gsm liners and medium through to 400gsm Filler boards
  • High strength mediums and liners
  • Core board and packaging grades for the domestic market



Location: Smithfield, New South Wales
Opened: 1986
Produces: Paper grades ranging between 130-230gsm. 



Location: Coolaroo, Victoria

  • Plasterboard liner for the building industry, with white and brown liner grades
  • 100% recycled content white liner grades of paper



Location: Coolaroo, Victoria
Opened: 1989
Produces: Coating base sheet and test liner for export



Location: Smithfield, New South Wales
Opened: 1988
Produces: Recycled grades ranging between 95-150gsm



Location: Gibson Island in Brisbane, Queensland
Opened: 1996
Produces: Recycled grades from 90gsm to 190gsm



Location: Tumut, New South Wales
Opened: 2001
Produces: High-quality kraft paper


Tumut Kraft Mill

Designed to world-class standards and adopting sustainability objectives in all parts of its operations, our Pulp and Paper mill in Tumut produces high-quality kraft paper for both domestic and international markets.

Set on 1100ha, the Tumut mill was built in two stages. Stage 1 was completed in 2001 with an initial investment of $450 million. This was so successful, it enabled us to double the mill's production capacity with Stage 2 of the development. In total, the investment has been almost $1 billion, which highlights our serious commitment to sustainability.



Tumut is among the lowest users of water of any similar mill in Australia. Thanks to the application of extensive industry experience, it was engineered to be a truly advanced mill with near-zero levels of effluent leaving the site. This concept has been possible to execute due to the treated waste water from the mill being mainly reused back into the process as makeup for cooling water - with any excess discharged on site for agricultural purposes.



Raw materials used at Tumut are pulp logs and sawmill chips, all sourced from softwood plantations located in southern NSW. Woodchips are supplemented by domestic and commercial wastepaper collected mainly throughout the eastern states of Australia.

A significant proportion of the energy used in the mill is energy generated on-site using renewable, bio-mass fuels such as bark and sawmill residues. Read more.

The Tumut mill has an independently certified ISO 14001 Environmental Management System.



Click here to view Environmental Approvals and Management Plans


All of our Pulp and Paper mills have joint accreditation and are audited for ISO 9000 Quality Standards, AS 4801 Safety Systems and ISO 14001 Environmental Standards.

Visy and sustainable fibre sourcing

Visy produces sustainably sourced recycled content and virgin papers for both local and export markets. This paper is the predominant input into the fibre packaging products we produce at our Board plants throughout Australia and New Zealand.

We're focused on promoting the rigour we place around fibre sourcing and the products we produce; whether it's through increased certification and further labelling or branding.



In September 2009, Visy achieved Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain-of-Custody certification for our six Australian recycled paper operations. This means paper produced by these mills is allowed to feature the widely recognised FSC Recycled logo.

When a product bears the FSC Recycled logo, it means that the fibre used to make it comes from predominantly post-consumer sources, such as kerbside collections, and commercial cardboard. Regular auditing by Visy ensures the origins of our recycled paper remains consistent with this certification. 

Not only does FSC certification support the environmental integrity of Visy's paper, it gives customers extra reassurance about what their products are made from. FSC Chain of Custody standards ensure that Visy provides a link between the post-consumer waste and the product into which it is manufactured; from the forest to the consumer, including all successive stages of processing, transformation, manufacturing and distribution.

This mark currently only applies to our recycled paper operations and cannot be applied to any board products. Only operations with FSC CoC Certificate are allowed to label products with the FSC trademarks.

Visy is able to supply our FSC Recycled certificate on request.




We're committed to ensuring that our fibre inputs are from responsibly managed softwood plantations. Our mill at Tumut uses plantation forest thinnings (Pulp Logs), and sawmill residues as inputs, to produce Kraft paper for both local and export markets.

Fibre suppliers who are not certified to an internationally recognised forest certification scheme are evaluated to ensure that they comply with PEFC and FSC requirements (PEFC/21‐31‐195, FSC® C116532)*.

Visy intends to avoid controversial fibre sources including:

a) Illegally harvested Wood or trade in illegal forest products

b) Wood in Violation of traditional and human rights

c) Wood sourced from areas where high conservation values are threatened

d) Wood from significant conversion of forests to plantations or non-forest use

e) Wood from trees that have been genetically modified

f) Wood in violation of any of the ILO Core Conventions As defined in the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.


*As stipulated in Australian Forest Standard 4708, PEFC ST 2002:2013 and FSC-STD-40-005. View Visy's statement on fibre procurement.


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