European Paper Mills Say Contaminant Levels Rising in Recovered Paper

Nov. 30, 2012 - The quality of recovered paper remains essential for the profitability and sustainability of paper mills. However, contaminant levels have risen in the past few years.

"We have a real problem with recovered paper quality," reported Nuno Messias, head of raw material purchasing of Spanish paper producer Europac, in Barcelona at the end of October.

Speaking at the autumn convention of the recycling industry association BIR (Bureau of International Recycling), Mr Messias said that the ratio of dry rejects in recycled pulp had increased from 5% in the year 2005 to about 6% at present.

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