Recycling Paper Getting Complicated

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Laurel Brunner

One of the biggest problems for makers of paper based on recycled printed matter is quality, meaning cleanliness.

Ensuring that the waste paper entering the recycling stream is sufficiently uncontaminated for use as a raw material for new products is hard. Generally pulp and paper mills rely on a test procedure to check that the inks and coatings on a batch of printed matter can be removed, prior to processing. This is one of the basics of quality assurance in this sector.

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