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.
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.