Waste Paper Grade Definitions for Recycling
The South African Standard Grades of Recovered Paper and Board provides an overview of the standard waste paper grades accepted for recycling. It is acknowledged that additional agreements between buyers and suppliers may still be necessary to cater to specific needs. The use of the standard is recommended across the industry to ensure the quality of the recovered paper supply to paper mills.
The term out-throws is defined as “all papers that are manufactured or treated or are in such a form as to be unsuitable for consumption as the grade specified”.
Prohibitive materials are those items which, if included in the recovered paper, may cause damage to machines or interruptions during processing and production.
Specific examples include
- Sand and building materials
- Synthetic materials
- Synthetic paper
Moisture Content in Recovered Paper & Board
Recovered paper and board will in principle be supplied with moisture of not more than the naturally occurring level – where the moisture content is higher than 10% on paper and 12% on kraft/board (of air-dried weight), the additional weight in excess of the allowed percentage may be claimed back.
Method of Testing & Sampling
The equipment to be used for testing is either:
- Emco AP 500 hand gauge (or equipment with similar specifications)
- Oven dry method
In both cases a random representative sample will be taken and subject to testing by one or other of the above methods as agreed between buyer and seller. When new or advanced technology becomes available these procedures may change and will be communicated by way of revised schedule.
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