Twenty fire engines and 110 fire fighters were needed at the height of the fire which broke out on12 Sunday) at the plant on Mount Street in Nechells.
Overnight, the fire service said “excellent progress” had been made in tackling the fire and bringing it under control.
The fire service said Smurfit Kappa was able to “resume some of its usual operations this morning, with fire investigators working to determine the cause of the fire”.
UPDATE: Eight fire engines and 50 personnel continue to bring the huge fire at @SmurfitKappa's Neachells site in #Birmingham to a safe conclusion. Our drone footage shows the scale of our overnight firefighting operations.
— West Midlands Fire Service (@WestMidsFire) June 13, 2022
A comment from Smurfit Kappa is expected soon.
The fire fighters said they face “challenging conditions”, including from the amount of smoke created.
At one point, it was pumping and relaying 8,000 litres of water per minute from a nearby canal, with two hydraulic platforms and eight supporting vehicles also involved.
The fire service explained it had been working with several other agencies, including the Environment Agency.
The site faced a large-scale fire incident in 2013, which saw 70 firefighters “tackle a blaze involving thousands tonnes of recovered cardboard material” (see letsrecycle.com story).