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Paper and Card Recycling

Paper and Card Recycling

 

Paper is commonly purchased as a waste material for recycling where it will be graded, shredded and baled into a mill size bale, (a mill size bale is a bale weighing 500 kilo that’s wire tied) and sent to a mill for re-processing and used in the production of new material.

Card is treated in a very similar fashion of being collected into a mill size bale and sent to the mills to be repurposed. However the industry around card is incredibly built up, there are a large number of companies supplying balers to rent or purchase if you produce a large amount of card. These bale sizes can range from small 50 kilo bales all the way up to mill size, dependent on the volume of card produced. The smaller bales are often collected by companies on a collection round and then sold to be re-baled ready to be sent on again.

Contamination is a huge problem with both paper and card. Both can contain sticky tape, staples, plastic type coatings, mixed colours and I have even heard of card recyclers finding a turkey carcass in a load after Christmas!

Some manual sorting is essential, yet time consuming. As supply has increased for paper and card, the mills which process it are able to specify higher quality sent through, rejecting loads which are too mixed or contaminated, as they have plenty of supply at the current time. Demand can fluctuate greatly, and traditionally when China (who takes a large percentage of the worlds waste card and paper) cuts down on what they purchase the prices drop swiftly.

Not so many years ago it was not uncommon for a small scale waste card collector to achieve a rebate of £200 on a van load. Now the price is dropping to under £50, and may bottom out completely in the near future!  

Dan: 27th Nov 2017 15:22:00

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