Mark Lyndon Paper Enterprises UK has doubled the size of its quality inspection team as China cracks down on lower quality paper imports.
The Nottingham-based company said that the quality of paper for recycling being shipped to China and Asia was of such critical importance that it had increased the number of its quality inspectors operating in the UK and Ireland and working with suppliers.
A senior role was created within the quality inspectorate team to optimise operational efficiency, with Mike Challans appointed as quality manager for the UK & Ireland. He has been in the recycling industry for almost 20 years in various roles in UK paper mill groups.
This new role will also cover several business improvement measures including health and safety, ISO compliance and system innovation.
Mark Lyndon’s UK managing director Colin Clarke said: “This in-depth knowledge of what ‘good quality’ OCC and mixed paper should look like will help to drive our goal of being at the forefront of the industry in these testing times.”
Mark Lyndon supplies up to a million tonnes a year of old corrugated boxes to recycling facilities in China operated by the Lee & Man paper group.
A ban of imports of 24 types of mixed paper waste and plastic waste came into effect at the beginning of the year, with other types of waste required to meet contamination levels of 0.5% from March this year.
Last month industry leaders discussed the issue with the Environmental Audit Committee as part of its inquiry into the Chinese waste import ban.