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What to Do with Mixed Paper

Monday, March 11, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alyce Ryan
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The mixed paper grade has been an increasing concern among recyclers in recent months. The average value of this grade has been exceptionally low throughout all of 2018 and into 2019. According to Fastmarkets RISI’s PPW Yellow Sheet report on Feb. 5, average prices were -$3 for mixed paper.

Bill Moore, president of Atlanta-based Moore & Associates, and Dan Gee, senior associate at Moore & Associates, presented on this topic of increasing concern during the Southeast Recycling Conference (SERC) Feb. 24-26 in Orlando, Florida. 

Moore reported that the primary stumbling block to the demand for mixed paper are the high levels of nonpaper contaminants in mixed paper bales. Moore added that mixed paper “won’t always be no cost,” but he said it could take years before the market for mixed paper is robust again.

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