Paper Recycling

NORPAC expands use of recovered paper

5 Sep 2019

North Pacific Paper Co. (NORPAC), Longview, Washington, is expanding its Longview operations to transform recovered paper into 100 percent recycled papers for boxes, displays, bags and a variety of other packaging products.

According to a news release from NORPAC, the expansion will help solve a difficult environmental challenge resulting from changes in the state’s ability to export recovered paper for recycling, which has sent tons of valuable material to landfills instead. Converting that material to new paper will also safeguard about 400 jobs at the mill.

NERC releases report on updated domestic paper recycling capacity

3 Sep 2019

The list includes new paper mills along with existing mills that are closed or are still operating but are being converted to produce different end products (e.g. from newsprint to packaging).

It also includes two mill that will be using recycled feedstock other than OCC and RMP. One is a facilty desigined to produce paper pulp and plastic pellets using beverage cartons and aseptic packages as its primary feedstock. The other is a mill designed to use food contaminated paper from commercial sources. 

The mills are listed in rough order of their projected opening.

Companies plan investments in US recycled paper mills

13 Aug 2019

The past week brought several significant recycled paper capacity announcements, indicating future domestic outlets for mixed paper and OCC.

  • Shipping pulp from Kentucky to China: A Chinese company that purchased a U.S. paper mill will install a 700,000-tons-per-year recycled pulp and paper operation, taking in mixed paper and OCC and shipping the output to China for packaging production.

Georgia-Pacific seeks permit to operate recycling and recovery plant in Oregon

3 Dec 2018

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has proposed issuing a solid waste material recovery facility permit to Georgia-Pacific Toledo LLC, part of Atlanta-based Georgia-Pacific. 

The proposed recycling plant, called the GP Toledo Material Recovery Facility, appears equipped to further GP’s research into its Juno technology, which is being designed in part to recover and consume mixed paper.  

A global chess game is changing the geography of the world’s paper manufacturing and recycling sectors.

30 Oct 2018

Feature Story from Recycling Today by Brian Taylor

​During the previous two decades, China emerged and then solidified its role as the leading producer and consumer of nearly every basic material, including base metals, plastic and paper and board.

The global shift in resources also entailed China becoming a magnet for secondary raw materials, including millions of tons annually of paper, metal and plastic scrap imported from other nations.