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Paper Recycling January 07, 2019 10:30:01 AM

RISI Conclave Evaluates Turbulence in Paper Recycling Sector

Paul Ploumis
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The Chinese paper industry is likely to emerge as a net importer of around 2 million tons of finished paper in 2018.
RISI Conclave Evaluates Turbulence in Paper Recycling Sector

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): The recently held 2018 RISI International Recycled Fiber and Containerboard Conference in Shenzhen, China evaluated the turmoil in paper recycling sector over the past twelve-month period.

According to Weng Haidong of China-based C&D Paper & Pulp, the quick shift to lightweight packaging by the country’s containerboard and packaging industries has helped to meet the supply scarcity and rising prices of old corrugated containers (OCC) and scrap paper in general. The Chinese paper industry is likely to emerge as a net importer of around 2 million tons of finished paper in 2018, said Weng. It must be noted that the country had been a net exporter of nearly 5 million tons in 2017.

Dan Cotter of the U.S.-based Cellmark Recycling noted that the chaos in the market has led to creation of new opportunities for recyclers in the country. This will result in significant changes to residential collection programs over the forthcoming years, he added. Meantime, Rahul Kejriwal of New York-based Kejriwal cited Chinese restrictions as a good decision, which in turn has boosted creation of new capacities in North America and Europe. This has also resulted in rise of alternative markets other than China, he said.

Tang Yanju of the Beijing-based China Resource Recycling Association (CRRA) stated that the restrictions have resulted in more systematic approach to domestic recycling and obvious enhancement of quality of domestically sourced as well as imported recyclables.

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