Poor quality led to Mark Lyndon Paper Enterprises UK rejecting over 400,000 tonnes of paper in 2015, the company has revealed.
The Nottingham-based premier fibre recycler was offered more than 400,000 tonnes of both OCC and mixed paper last year by potential suppliers, but rejected it for either not meeting its non-fibre contamination levels or for excessive levels of moisture.
However, Mark Lyndon Paper Enterprises still exported more than 1.5 million tonnes of high quality material to Lee & Man’s state-of-the-art paper recycling mills in China last year.
Mark Lyndon Paper Enterprises UK managing director Paul Briggs said: “Last year our quality processes meant that we did not buy more than 400,000 tonnes of fibre that was offered to us.
“This was because it contained too high quantities of non-target materials. Alternatively, the moisture levels were too high if bales had been left uncovered in the rain or on damp surfaces or if the material had been collected from open containers.
“Our team of quality inspectors opened thousands of bales at locations all over the country, to check contamination and measure moisture levels against our criteria. Therefore, we are confident we have one of the best quality processes in the UK.
“While we still exported 1.5 million tonnes of high quality fibre back on ships that would otherwise have been empty after bringing Chinese manufactured goods to us in the UK, this proves we would not take any old material even if some of our competitors in the UK or abroad might have bought it.
“We are committed to raising quality and want to take the opportunity to thank our suppliers, the government agencies and CCIC London that worked with us to ensure the material we exported in 2015 was high quality. We’ll continue to do the same in 2016 and beyond.”