The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) has issued guidelines for responsible sourcing and supply of recovered paper.
The body suggests that new environmental and health and safety regulations coupled with further rules demand an increase in responsibility from all parties involved in the recovery and recycling of paper.
A CEPI Spokesman said: “Rapid technological development in the paper and board manufacturing and converting industries, increasing demands from final users of paper and board products, as well as existing and emerging legal requirements, require a more stringent approach towards the collection and handling of recovered paper.”
The organisation believes that a good working relationship between mills, merchants and other involved parties is essential to ensure the responsible sourcing and supply.
The guidelines highlight the importance of quality in recovered paper, what types are suitable, as well as making clear the need to collect paper separately from refuse.
It sets out a list of paper streams that are prohibited as raw materials such as contaminated paper and board from hospitals, paper used for covering furniture during repair and painting work and used kitchen towels, handkerchiefs and facial tissue.
The guidelines also give advice for sorting stations, transportation, purchasing, mill gates, storage and quality management.
The spokesman added: “As it would be impossible to give a description of all used paper collection systems in operation, the issued guidelines for responsible sourcing of recovered paper list the steps that normally occur along the paper recovery chain. These guidelines also lay down additional steps paper mills should follow when producing paper and board for food contact.”
The guidelines apply to any source and for any application, with national legislation or practices possibly requiring modification to them.