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Recovered Paper Specifications Take Center Stage at Recycling Conference

Mixed Paper The recovered fiber specifications approved by the ISRI board of directors in April 2016 went into effect quietly in June 2016 . . . The deleted specifications -- old newspapers (ONP) grades Nos. 6, 7 and 8 and mixed paper grades Nos. 1, 2 and 3 -- officially expire Dec. 31, 2016.

Nov. 10, 2016 - Paper recyclers who attended the 2016 Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference in Chicago Oct. 19-21 recognized the need for updated recovered fiber grade specifications, yet some suppliers questioned the lack of news grades during a session on paper specification revisions hosted by the Paper Stock Industries (PSI) Chapter of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington.

The recovered fiber specifications approved by the ISRI board of directors in April 2016 went into effect quietly in June 2016, said moderator Bill Moore, president of Moore & Associates, an Atlanta-based consulting firm for the paper and paper recycling industry.

He recognized the changes will take hold in time. The deleted specifications — old newspapers (ONP) grades Nos. 6, 7 and 8 and mixed paper grades Nos. 1, 2 and 3 — officially expire Dec. 31, 2016.

As a result of these revisions, Boston-based research firm RISI has changed the grades it reports through its PPW Yellow Sheet. As of October 2016, RISI has introduced domestic and export market pricing for the mixed paper No. 54 grade, with two years of retroactive price history matching that of mixed paper No. 2. RISI also has introduced domestic and export pricing for sorted residential papers (SRP) No. 56, with two years of retroactive price history matching that of ONP No. 8, and has discontinued pricing for ONP Nos. 2 and 8. RISI says it will not introduce pricing for sorted clean news (SCN) No. 58.

Johnny Newsome, director, global mill supply and trade sales, at Sonoco Recycling, pointed out . . .

The full story, including pricing tables and U.S. exports to China, is available at Recycling Today's website: www.recyclingtoday.com/article/specifications-take-center-stage

SOURCE: Recycling Today