Since Recycling Today final attempted to list the most important shoppers of recovered fiber in 2012, some paper mill corporations have been acquired or disappeared from the list. Throughout the decline of newspapers and the shopping for spree of Chinese mills, mill consumers in the United States, Canada and Mexico have continued to purchase and devour scrap paper in significant quantities. With China’s demand for scrap paper waning, North American paper producers appear ready to select up some of the slack.
On the mill or paper machine conversion facet, Memphis, Tennessee-based mostly International Paper is spending an estimated $300 million to transform a paper machine that formerly made uncoated freesheet paper to linerboard and containerboard. The project at its mill close to Selma, Alabama, is scheduled for completion in mid-2019.
The year didn't start out that way, notably for operators of material recovery services that produce regular volumes of baled blended paper. Regarding stock prep systems adjusted to simply accept blended paper, Atlanta-based mostly Georgia-Pacific is among the many firms deploying technology to use extra combined paper. In Mexico, Copamex is working with technology provider Voith to install a system that will permit it to just accept combined paper. Ohio-based Verso Corp. completed a paper machine conversion from printing and writing paper to linerboard at its mill in Jay, Maine, in 2018.
Whether an organization based mostly in China or one other a part of Asia makes its means on the listing could depend on whether or not corporations like Nine Dragons and Shanying faucet into North America’s urban forest. While recyclers in the United States have invested, in some instances, to spice up the qualities of their outbound scrap paper, some mills in China have had to scramble to make sure a gradual supply. Some North American recyclers have experienced their share of difficulties stemming from the Chinese government’s tighter scrap paper import restrictions, but the problem for sellers is matched by that being skilled by consumers.
About a decade ago, WM single-stream facilities had contamination rates of about eight percent. She stated WM is not unique in its expertise with elevated contamination rates. The Alternative Markets for Mixed Paper session also featured enter from Susan Robinson, federal public affairs director at Houston-based Waste Management , and Steve Miller, CEO of Bulk Handling Systems, Eugene, Oregon.
On the newsprint and graphic papers aspect, Resolute Forest Products, Montreal, has skilled decreased demand for its newsprint, although it nonetheless ranks on our list. The former SP Newsprint has seen its property absorbed by other companies after chapter proceedings, whereas White Birch Paper, Greenwich, Connecticut, operates mills using predominantly forest sources.