A paper standard which focuses on best practice to encourage quality in collection and sorting of waste paper has been released. PAS 105 is a voluntary standard, which sets a benchmark for stakeholders in the paper recycling chain and aims to reduce cross contamination in the waste stream. Paperchain, which was involved in developing the standards, said that by providing a consistently high quality raw material to recyclers, collectors and sorters the recycling process will become more efficient. Fewernon-recyclable waste stream rejects will also mean higher carbon savings. The standard was developed in response to rapid growth in the municipal waste sector and Paperchain worked with local authorities, waste management representatives, the Waste & Resources Action Programme and the British Standards Institution. Aylesford Newsprint commercial manager Chris White said: If everybody sticks to this standard it will be a great leap forward. We hope it will be as successful as the previous compost quality standard. But at the moment were waiting to see the wider response. Paperchain chairman Martin Green said: It is good to see all the stakeholders coming together on a piece of work such as PAS 105. Although it has taken longer to come to fruition than many expected, it is now available for everyone to use. Alone, the PAS does not change things, it is how it is interpreted and used by stakeholders that will determine its effectiveness in achieving the economic, environmental and carbon benefits of paper recycling. Paperchain and the Confederation of Paper Industries will support PAS 105 by offering support and advice to all stakeholders in the paper recovery chain on their impacts on paper recycling.