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The Paper Stock Industries (PSI) Chapter of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) is seeking input on proposed changes to the guidelines for recovered paper transactions. PSI, as part of an ongoing effort to update industry specifications, is proposing to streamline the specifications to prevent any potential confusion as these specifications have been more globally adopted by the international industry.

The American Forest & Paper Association released its April U.S. paper reports.

Contributed by DERRIC BROWN

When consumers think of recycling, an image of the chasing arrows and the 1970s “reduce, reuse, recycle” slogan might come to mind. Those of us in the industry know that technology has played an important role in the evolution of recycling, so it was just a matter of time before robots got involved.

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Commingling or single stream recycling is taking the nation by storm as more and more municipalities establish a streamlined system in which all recyclables, including plastic, paper, cardboard, aluminum and newspaper are put into a single cart for recycling.

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released the 57th Annual Survey of Paper, Paperboard and Pulp Capacity, reporting that U.S. paper and paperboard capacity declined 1.3 percent in 2016, in line with the long term decline rate of 1.3 percent per year since 2001.

Cascades and Tricentris have signed a three year partnership agreement. As part of this deal, Tricentris will supply all of the cardboard recovered at its three sorting facilities to Cascades.