Paper industries collaborate to improve quality


The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries’ (ISRI) has been working with paper recycling businesses to improve the quality of recycled material by reducing contamination in the United States. 

It has collaborated with Paper Stock Industries (PSI) Chapter and ISRI’s Paper division, whose members include recyclers, paper mills, and other stakeholders, to crack down on this issue in response to new Chinese regulations.  


This effort included an update to the “Guidelines for Paper Stock” in ISRI’s report Scrap Specifications Circular that listed items that are considered “prohibitive materials” and should not be included in the recycling stream.  

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The Circular defines “prohibitive materials” as any materials which by their presence in a packing of paper stock, in excess of the amount allowed, will make the pack unusable as the grade specified; or any materials that may be damaging to equipment. 

ISRI president Robin Wiener said: “The paper recycling industry, through ongoing work with municipalities and other stakeholders, has made it clear that contamination of the recycling stream is unacceptable. 

“Instituting clearer guidelines of what is – and is not – acceptable is a strong step toward improving quality throughout the recycling stream.” 

Other changes to the Guidelines include the integration of the Domestic Transactions and Export Transactions, which is intended to streamline and improve the trade of paper scrap commodities changes occur in the global market.  

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