Indonesia to use ISRI specifications to mitigate restrictions on recovered paper imports

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Bales of OCC cardboard for recycling
Bales of OCC cardboard for recycling

The Indonesian government had announced that it is using the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) specifications for recovered paper, which set a standard of 1-2% for prohibitives and 3-4% for outhrows.  

It also revealed that it is using the specifications to define its use of the word ‘homogeneous’ in describing the conditions of the bales.  

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This action follows confusion in the global recovered paper sector when Indonesia introduced new restrictions last month on imports.  

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The regulations, which are not in line with global trading, set a contamination level of 0.5% and that incoming shipments needed to be “clean, cry and homogenous”. There was hardly any clarity given to what exactly this description meant, and it resulted in the market for recovered paper being impacted.  

In a move that will aim to benefit paper recyclers and provide clear guidance on the trade of recovered paper, the Indonesian government has now updated the new regulations and adjusted them in accordance with ISRI specifications.  

As ISRI scrap specifications, including its guidelines for paper stock, are internationally known, used by buyers and sellers of recycled materials and products, its use by the Indonesia government will ensure the clarity of its regulations according to ISRI. 
 

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