There are several waste or recovered paper guidelines, glossaries, or terminologies available, but comparing recovered paper grades is almost impossible because there is no universal or global terminological system for defining waste paper grades. The same term has different meanings depending on regions and, to make the matter worse, different terms have the same meaning depending on who is communicating with who and from which part of the world.

If waste paper buyers and suppliers do not use the same definition, then communication becomes difficult, and complications can arise. To make the situation somewhat better, we have attempted to compare the waste paper grades as defined by ISRI, CEPI, and ACOR. ISRI or Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries’ recovered paper guidelines are mostly followed in North America, while CEPI or Confederation of European Paper Industries’ guidelines are for the European markets. ACOR or Australian Council of Recycling’s waste paper guidelines are followed in Australia.

Recovered Paper Grades Comparison

Generic Name Particulars ISRI
PS-2018
North America
CEPI
EN 643 - 2013
Europe
ACOR
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Australia
Group 1 - Ordinary Grades (CEPI categorization)

Corrugated Paper and Board Wastes

Grade Name:

No corresponding grade

Corrugated Paper and Board Packaging

ISRI (3): Hard Mixed Paper

Code:

Not applicable

1.04.00

AuRPS HM- 02

Prohibitive Materials:

None

None

May not exceed 1%

Outthrows Plus Prohibitives:

None

None

High wet strength papers May not exceed 3%

Description:

None

Used paper and board packaging, containing a minimum of 70% of corrugated board, the rest being other packaging papers and boards

Consists of a mixture of various qualities of paper and paperboard that contains a high percentage of corrugated and folding carton boards with no limit as to other fiber content.

Grade Name:

No corresponding grade

Ordinary Corrugated Paper and Board

No corresponding grade

Code:

Not applicable

1.04.01

Not applicable

Description:

None

Used paper and board packaging, containing a minimum of 70% of corrugated board, the rest being other paper and board products.

None

Grade Name:

Double-Sorted Old Corrugated (DS OCC)

Corrugated Paper and Board

Premium OCC
ISRI (12): Double Sorted Old Corrugated (DS OCC)

Code:

Grade 12 DS OCC

1.04.02

AuRPS PCC- 12

Outthrows Plus Prohibitives:

May not exceed 2%

None

May not exceed 3%, including the following materials:

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Office and stationery papers
  • High strength material
  • Waxed boxes

Description:

Consists of double-sorted corrugated containers, generated from supermarkets and/or industrial or commercial facilities, having liners of test liner or kraft. Material has been specially sorted to be free of boxboard, off-shore corrugated, plastic, and wax.

Used paper and board packaging, containing a minimum of 80% of corrugated board, the rest being other paper and board products.

Sorted single and/ or double lined kraft cardboard Material has been specifically sorted to be free of boxboard, off- shore corrugated, plastic and wax.

Old Corrugated Containers (OCC)

Grade Name:

Old Corrugated Containers (OCC)

Ordinary Corrugated Board

ISRI (11): Corrugated Containers (OCC)

Code:

Grade 11 OCC

1.05.00

AuRPS OCC- 11

Prohibitive Materials:

May not exceed 1%

None

May not exceed 1%

Outthrows Plus Prohibitives:

May not exceed 5%

None

May not exceed 5%, including the following materials:

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Office and stationery papers
  • High strength material
  • Telephone books
  • PLA- coated LPB

Description:

Consists of corrugated containers having liners of either test liner or kraft.

Used boxes and sheets of corrugated board of various qualities, may include 10% of other packaging papers and boards

Consists of used corrugated cardboard boxes having liners of either test liner, or kraft. May include folding cartons, and similar boxboard products

Grade Name:

No corresponding grade

Corrugated Board

No corresponding grade

Code:

Not applicable

1.05.01

Not applicable

Description:

None

Used boxes and sheets of corrugated board of various qualities, may include 5% of other packaging papers and boards.

None

Unsold Magazines

Grade Name:

Magazines (OMG)

Magazines

ISRI (10): Magazines (OMG)

Code:

Grade 10 OMG

1.06.00

AuRPS MAG-10

Prohibitive Materials:

May not exceed 1%

None

May not exceed 0.25%

Outthrows Plus Prohibitives:

May not exceed 3%

None

May not exceed 0.5%, including the following materials:

  • Corrugated cardboard boxes
  • Folding cartons
  • Office and stationery papers
  • High wet strength materials
  • Telephone books

Description:

Consists of coated magazines, catalogues, and similar printed materials. May contain a small percentage of uncoated news-type paper.

Magazines with or without glue

Consists of sorted baled coated magazines, catalogues, and similar printed materials. May contain a small percentage of uncoated news- type paper as typically generated in this grade.

Unsold Magazines without Glue

Grade Name:

No corresponding grade

Magazines without Glue

No corresponding grade

Code:

Not applicable

1.06.01

Not applicable

Description:

None

Magazines without glue

None

Grade Name:

No corresponding grade

Magazines with Product Samples

No corresponding grade

Code:

Not applicable

1.06.02

Not applicable

Description:

None

Magazines, with or without glue, may contain non-paper components as attached product samples.

None

Mixed Newspapers and Magazines I

Grade Name:

Sorted Residential Papers & News (SRPN)

No corresponding grade

Soft Mixed
ISRI (1): Residential Mixed Paper

Code:

Grade 56 SRPN

Not applicable

AuRPS SM- 01

Prohibitive Materials:

May not exceed 2%

None

May not exceed 2%

Outthrows Plus Prohibitives:

May not exceed 3%

None

High wet strength papers and PLA- coated LPB May not exceed 5%

Description:

Consists of sorted newspapers, junk mail, magazines, printing and writing papers and other acceptable papers generated from residential programs (such as residential household and apartment collections and drop-off centers) sorted and processed at a recycling facility. Material should be free of containerboard and brown grades (OCC, Kraft bags, boxboard and Kraft carrier board).

None

Consists of a mixture of various qualities of paper that contains a high percentage of old newspapers and coloured advertising inserts with no limit as to other fiber content.

Mixed Newspapers and Magazines II

Grade Name:

No corresponding grade

Newspapers and Magazines

No corresponding grade

Code:

Not applicable

1.09.00

Not applicable

Description:

None

Mixture of newspapers and magazines (predominantly unsold) each of them with a minimum of 30%.

None

Sorted Graphic Paper for Deinking

Grade Name:

No corresponding grade

Mixed Magazines and Newspapers

No corresponding grade

Code:

Not applicable

1.10

Not applicable

Description:

None

A mixture of newspapers and magazines, containing a minimum of 60% of magazines, with or without glue.

None

Sorted Graphic Paper for Deinking

Grade Name:

No corresponding grade

Sorted Graphic Paper for Deinking

No corresponding grade

Code:

Not applicable

1.11.00

Not applicable

Description:

None

Sorted graphic paper, consisting of a minimum of 80% newspapers and magazines. It must contain at least 30% newspapers and 40% magazines. Print products which are not suitable for deinking are limited to 1.5%.

None

Group 2 - Medium Grades (CEPI categorization)

Unsold Newspapers

Grade Name:

Sorted Clean News (SCN)

Unsold Newspapers Not Intended for Deinking

News, De- inked Quality #8
ISRI (8): Special news, de- inked quality (#8 ONP)

Code:

Grade 58 SCN

2.02.00

AuRPS KNP- 08

Prohibitive Materials:

May not exceed 0.5%

None

Including insoluble adhesives and high strength material that May not exceed 0.25%

Outthrows Plus Prohibitives:

May not exceed 1%
Other papers may not exceed 10%

None

Including insoluble adhesives and high strength material that May not exceed 0.25%
May not exceed 0.5%, including the following materials:

  • Corrugated cardboard boxes
  • Folding cartons
  • Magazines
  • High strength material
  • Waxed boxes

Description:

Consists of sorted newspapers from source separated collection programs, converters, drop-off centers and paper drives containing the normal percentages of roto gravure, colored and coated sections. May contain inserts that would normally be included in the newspaper in the proper proportions. Grade must be free of excessive ink, brown grades and non-paper material. (Some mills may require pack to be free of flexographic inks.)

Unsold newspapers, which may contain inserts originally circulated with the publication. No additional inserts allowed. Paper products not suitable for deinking are allowed.

Sourced form-Printing houses, Publishers, Kerbside.
Consists of baled, sorted, fresh newspapers, excluding sunburned.
Should be free from papers other news and relatively free from magazines.
Contains no more than the normal percentage of coloured advertising inserts, and domestic office and stationary papers as typically generated by newspaper press rooms and/ or from positive kerbside sorting processes.

Unsold Newspapers, No Flexographic Printing Allowed

Grade Name:

Over-Issue News (OI or OIN)

Unsold Newspapers

Over Issue News #9
ISRI (9): Over Issue News (OI or OIN)

Code:

Grade 9 OIN

2.02.01

AuRPS OIN- 09

Prohibitive Materials:

None permitted

None

No prohibitive materials are permitted

Outthrows Plus Prohibitives:

None permitted

None

No out throws are permitted

Description:

Consists of unused, overrun newspapers printed on newsprint, containing not more than the normal percentage of rotogravure and colored sections.

Unsold newspapers, which may contain inserts originally circulated with the publication. No additional inserts allowed.

Sourced from Printing houses, Publishers. Consists of unused overrun newspapers that was printed on newsprint, baled or securely tied in bundles.
Contains no more than the normal percentage of coloured advertising inserts.

Sorted Office Paper

Grade Name:

Sorted Office Paper (SOP)

Ordinary Sorted Office Paper

Office Pack #1
ISRI (37): Sorted Office Paper (SOP)

Code:

Grade 37 SOP

2.05.00

AuRPS OP1- 37

Prohibitive Materials:

May not exceed 1%

None

May not exceed 0.5%, including the following materials:

  • Insoluble adhesives
  • Corrugated cardboard boxes
  • Folding cartons
  • Kraft liners
  • Poly-coated fibre products
  • High wet strength papers

Outthrows Plus Prohibitives:

May not exceed 5%

None

May not exceed 2%, including the following materials:

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines

Description:

Consists of paper, as typically generated by offices, containing primarily white and colored groundwood-free paper, free of unbleached fiber. May include a small percentage of groundwood computer printout and facsimile paper.

Paper, as typically generated by offices, shredded or unshredded, printed, may contain coloured papers, with a minimum 60% woodfree paper, free of carbon and principally free from carbonless copy paper (CCP)/no carbon required (NCR), less than 10% unbleached fibres including manila envelopes and file covers, less than 5% newspapers and packaging.

Consists of more than 95% uncoated papers, as typically generated by offices and printers.
Contains mainly white ground wood free ledger, bond, envelope, writing and other similar papers and <5% selected white- coated papers.

Grade Name:

No corresponding grade

Sorted Office Paper

No corresponding grade

Code:

Not applicable

2.05.01

Not applicable

Description:

None

Paper, as typically generated by offices, shredded or unshredded, printed, may contain coloured papers, with a minimum 80% woodfree paper, free of carbon and principally free from carbonless copy paper (CCP)/no carbon required (NCR), less than 5% unbleached fibres including manila envelopes and file covers.

None

Coloured Letters

Grade Name:

No corresponding grade

Ordinary Sorted Coloured Letters

Office Pack #2
ISRI (37): Sorted Coloured Ledger (SOP) with higher proportion of coated papers

Code:

Not applicable

2.06.00

AuRPS OP2- 38

Prohibitive Materials:

None

None

May not exceed 0.5%, including the following materials:

  • Insoluble adhesives
  • Corrugated cardboard boxes
  • Folding cartons
  • Kraft liners
  • Poly-coated fibre products
  • High wet strength papers

Outthrows Plus Prohibitives:

None

None

May not exceed 2%, including the following materials:

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines

Description:

None

Paper, as typically generated by offices, shredded or unshredded, lightly printed, mass coloured paper allowed, but no deep coloured papers, with a minimum of 70% woodfree paper, free of carbon and principally free of carbonless copy paper (CCP)/no carbon required (NCR), free of manila envelopes, file covers, newspapers and cardboard.

Consists of more than 70% uncoated and less than 30% coated papers, as typically generated by offices and printers.
Contains mainly white and coloured ground wood free ledger, bond, envelope, writing and other similar papers.

Grade Name:

No corresponding grade

Sorted Office Paper

No corresponding grade

Code:

Not applicable

2.06.01

Not applicable

Description:

None

Paper, as typically generated by offices, shredded or unshredded, lightly printed, mass coloured paper allowed, but no deep coloured papers, with a minimum of 90% woodfree paper, free of carbon and principally free of carbonless copy paper (ccp)/no carbon required (NCR), free of manila envelopes, file covers, newspapers and cardboard.

None

White Woodfree Books

Grade Name:

Sorted White Ledger (SWL)

White Woodfree Bookquire

Sorted White
ISRI: Sorted White Ledger (40)

Code:

Grade 40 SWL

2.07.00

AuRPS SWL- 40

Prohibitive Materials:

May not exceed 0.5%

None

May not exceed 0.25%, including the following materials:

  • Insoluble adhesives
  • Corrugated cardboard boxes
  • Folding cartons
  • Kraft liners
  • Poly-coated fibre products
  • High wet strength papers

Outthrows Plus Prohibitives:

May not exceed 2%

None

May not exceed 2%, including the following materials:

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines

Description:

Consists of uncoated, printed or unprinted sheets, shavings, guillotined books, and cuttings of white groundwood-free ledger, bond, writing, and other paper which has similar fiber and filler content.

Books or their shavings, without hard covers, mainly of white woodfree paper, mainly black printed, containing a maximum of 10% coated paper

Consists of uncoated printed or unprinted sheets, trim, guillotined books, and cuttings of white ground wood free ledger, bond, writing, and all other papers that have a similar fibre and filler content.
Must be free from treated padded, heavily printed stock, and adhesives.

Grade Name:

No corresponding grade

White Mechanical Pulp-Based Bookquire

No corresponding grade

Code:

Not applicable

2.07.01

Not applicable

Description:

None

Books or their shavings mainly of white mechanical pulp-based paper, without hard covers, mainly black printed, containing a maximum of 10%.

None

Carbonless Copy Paper

Grade Name:

No corresponding grade

Multigrade

No corresponding grade

Code:

Not applicable

2.13.00

Not applicable

Description:

None

A blend of coloured and white letters, coloured woodfree magazines and other woodfree papers and shavings. Free from newsprint but 10% of other wood containing papers are permitted. May contain 2% paper with plastic layer.

None

Grade Name:

No corresponding grade

Coloured Log End Tissue

No corresponding grade

Code:

Not applicable

2.14.00

Not applicable

Description:

None

Unused coloured tissue including soft cores. May contain printed material.

None

Grade Name:

No corresponding grade

White Log End Tissue

No corresponding grade

Code:

Not applicable

2.14.01

Not applicable

Description:

None

Unused white tissue including soft cores. May contain printed material.

None

Group 3 - High Grades (CEPI categorization)

Woodfree Binders

Grade Name:

No corresponding grade

Woodfree Binders

No corresponding grade

Code:

Not applicable

3.03.00

Not applicable

Description:

None

White woodfree lightly printed shavings with glue, free from paper coloured in the mass. May contain 2% paper with plastic layer and a maximum of 10% of mechanical pulp based paper.

None

Grade Name:

No corresponding grade

Special Woodfree Binders

No corresponding grade

Code:

Not applicable

3.03.01

Not applicable

Description:

None

White woodfree lightly printed shavings with glue, free from paper coloured in the mass. Plastic layered and mechanical pulp-based papers not permitted.

None

White Woodfree Letters

Grade Name:

No corresponding grade

White Woodfree Letters

No corresponding grade

Code:

Not applicable

3.05.00

Not applicable

Description:

None

Sorted uncoated white wood free printing and writing papers, printed, free from cash books, carbon paper and non-water-soluble adhesives. May contain 5% mechanical pulp-based paper.

None

Grade Name:

No corresponding grade

White Woodfree Letters Unprinted

No corresponding grade

Code:

Not applicable

3.05.01

Not applicable

Description:

None

Sorted uncoated white woodfree printing and writing papers, unprinted, free from carbon paper, carbonless paper (NCR) and non-water-soluble adhesives.

None

White Woodfree Computer Print-Out

Grade Name:

Groundwood Computer Printout (GW CPO)

White Woodfree Computer Print-Out

No corresponding grade

Code:

Grade 25 GW CPO

3.07

Not applicable

Prohibitive Materials:

None permitted

None

None

Outthrows Plus Prohibitives:

May not exceed 2%

None

None

Description:

Consists of groundwood papers which are used in forms manufactured for use in data processing machines. This grade may contain colored stripes and impact or nonimpact (e.g., laser) computer printing.

White woodfree computer print-out free form carbonless paper and glue.

None

Multi Printing

Grade Name:

No corresponding grade

Multi Printing

No corresponding grade

Code:

Not applicable

3.10.00

Not applicable

Description:

None

Lightly printed woodfree coated papers in sheets or trim, free from wet-strength paper and from paper coloured in the mass.

None

Grade Name:

No corresponding grade

Medium Printed Multi Printing

No corresponding grade

Code:

Not applicable

3.10.01

Not applicable

Description:

None

Medium and heavily printed woodfree coated papers in sheets or trim, free from wet-strength paper and from paper coloured in the mass.

None

White Heavily Printed Multiply Board

Grade Name:

Lightly Printed Bleached Board Cuttings

White Heavily Printed Multiply Board

No corresponding grade

Code:

Grade 45

3.11.00

Not applicable

Prohibitive Materials:

May not exceed 0.5%

None

None

Outthrows Plus Prohibitives:

May not exceed 2%

None

None

Description:

Consists of groundwood-free printed bleached board cuttings, free from misprint sheets, cartons, wax, greaseproof lamination, metallic, and inks, adhesives or coatings that are insoluble.

New cuttings of heavily printed white multiply board, containing woodfree or wood containing plies, but without grey and brown plies.

None

Grade Name:

Printed Bleached Board

Mixed White Heavily Printed Multiply Board

No corresponding grade

Code:

Grade 46

3.11.01

Not applicable

Prohibitive Materials:

May not exceed 1%

None

None

Outthrows Plus Prohibitives:

May not exceed 2%

None

None

Description:

Consists of groundwood-free misprint sheets, cartons and cuttings of bleached board, free from wax, greaseproof lamination, metallic, and inks, adhesives or coatings that are insoluble.

New cuttings of heavily printed white multiply board, containing woodfree or wood containing plies, with a maximum of 20% grey and brown plies.

None

White Coated Woodfree Paper, without Glue

Grade Name:

Publication Blanks (CPB)

White Coated Woodfree Paper

No corresponding grade

Code:

Grade 26 CPB

3.16.00

Not applicable

Prohibitive Materials:

None permitted

None

None

Outthrows Plus Prohibitives:

May not exceed 1%

None

None

Description:

Consists of unprinted cuttings or sheets of white coated or filled groundwood content paper.

Shavings and sheets of white unprinted woodfree coated paper without glue.

None

Grade Name:

White Blank News (WBN)

White Woodfree Papers

No corresponding grade

Code:

Grade 24 WBN

3.16.01

Not applicable

Prohibitive Materials:

None permitted

None

None

Outthrows Plus Prohibitives:

May not exceed 1%

None

None

Description:

Consists of unprinted cuttings and sheets of white newsprint or other uncoated white groundwood paper of similar quality.

Shavings and sheets of white unprinted woodfree coated and uncoated papers without glue.

None

White Woodfree Shavings

Grade Name:

Hard White Shavings (HWS)

White Woodfree Shavings

No corresponding grade

Code:

Grade 30 HWS

3.18.00

Not applicable

Prohibitive Materials:

None permitted

None

None

Outthrows Plus Prohibitives:

May not exceed 0.5%

None

None

Description:

Consists of shavings or sheets of unprinted, untreated white groundwood-free paper.

Shavings and sheets of white unprinted woodfree paper, may contain a maximum of 5% of coated paper. without glue.

None

White Woodfree Uncoated Shavings

Grade Name:

Coated Soft White Shavings (SWS)

White Woodfree Uncoated Shavings

No corresponding grade

Code:

Grade 28 SWS

3.18.01

Not applicable

Prohibitive Materials:

None permitted

None

None

Outthrows Plus Prohibitives:

May not exceed 1%

None

None

Description:

Consists of unprinted, coated, and uncoated shavings and sheets of white groundwood-free printing paper. May contain a small percentage of groundwood.

Shavings and sheets of white unprinted woodfree paper, free from coated paper. without glue.

None

Grade Name:

Hard White Envelope Cuttings (HWEC)

White Envelope Cuttings

No corresponding grade

Code:

Grade 31 HWEC

3.18.02

Not applicable

Prohibitive Materials:

None permitted

None

None

Outthrows Plus Prohibitives:

May not exceed 0.5%

None

None

Description:

Consists of groundwood-free cuttings, shavings, or sheets of unprinted, untreated, and uncoated white envelope paper.

Shavings and sheets of white unprinted woodfree paper, free from coated paper. May contain some glue.

None

Grade Name:

No corresponding grade

Unprinted Tissue Coloured in the Mass

No corresponding grade

Code:

Not applicable

3.20.00

Not applicable

Description:

None

Unused unprinted tissue coloured in the mass free of packaging materials.

None

Grade Name:

No corresponding grade

White Unprinted Tissue

No corresponding grade

Code:

Not applicable

3.20.01

Not applicable

Description:

None

Unused white unprinted tissue free from packaging materials.

None

Group 4 - Kraft Grades (CEPI categorization)

Unused Corrugating Material

Grade Name:

New Double-Lined Kraft Corrugated Cuttings (DLK)

Unused Corrugated Material

Corrugated Clippings

Code:

Grade 13 DLK

4.01.02

AuRPS CC- 13

Prohibitive Materials:

None permitted

None

No Prohibitive Materials: are permitted

Outthrows Plus Prohibitives:

May not exceed 2%

None

May not exceed 2%, including the following materials:

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Office and stationery papers
  • High strength material
  • Other treated mediums liner
  • Butt rolls

Description:

Consists of new corrugated cuttings having liners of either test liner or kraft. Treated medium or liners, insoluble adhesives, butt rolls, slabbed or hogged medium, are not acceptable in this grade.

Unused boxes, sheets and shavings of corrugated board, with liners of kraft or testliner.

Consists of new corrugated sheets and trim generated in the manufacture of corrugated cartons containing liners of either text liner or kraft.

Used Kraft Sacks with Poly-Coated Papers

Grade Name:

Used Brown Kraft

Used Kraft Sacks with Polycoated Papers

No corresponding grade

Code:

Grade 15

4.04.01

Not applicable

Prohibitive Materials:

None permitted

None

No prohibitive materials are permitted

Outthrows Plus Prohibitives:

May not exceed 0.5%

None

None

Description:

Consists of brown kraft bags free of objectionable liners and original contents.

Clean used kraft sacks. Wet-strength and nonwet-strength. May include polycoated papers.

None

Unused Kraft Sacks with Polycoated Papers

Grade Name:

Carrier Stock

Unused Kraft Sacks with Polycoated Papers

No corresponding grade

Code:

Grade 17

4.05.01

Not applicable

Prohibitive Materials:

None permitted

None

None

Outthrows Plus Prohibitives:

May not exceed 1%

None

None

Description:

Consists of printed or unprinted, unbleached new beverage carrier sheets and cuttings. May contain wet strength additives.

Unused kraft sacks. Wet-strength and non wet-strength, may include polycoated papers.

None

Group 5 - Special Grades (CEPI categorization)

Mixed Recovered Paper and Board

Grade Name:

Mixed Paper (MP)

Mixed Papers

No corresponding grade

Code:

Grade 54

5.01.01

Not applicable

Prohibitive Materials:

May not exceed 2%

None

None

Outthrows Plus Prohibitives:

May not exceed 3%

None

None

Description:

Consists of all paper and paperboard of various qualities not limited to the type of fiber content, sorted and processed at a recycling facility.

A mixture of various paper grades that can be found in the groups 1 to 5.

None

Liquid Board Packaging

Grade Name:

Aseptic Packaging and Gable-Top Cartons

Liquid Packaging Board

Liquid Paperboard
ISRI (6- S): Polycoated Milk Carton Stock

Code:

Grade 52

5.03.00

AuRPS LPB- S6

Prohibitive Materials:

May not exceed 2%

None

May not exceed 0.25%.

Outthrows Plus Prohibitives:

May not exceed 5%

None

May not exceed 0.25%, including the following materials:

  • Corrugated cardboard boxes
  • Folding cartons
  • Kraft liners
  • High wet strength papers
  • Waxed boxes
  • Office and stationery papers
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Printed uncoated liquid paperboard

Description:

Consists of liquid packaging board containers including empty, used, polyethylene (PE)-coated, printed one-side aseptic and gable-top cartons containing no less than 70% bleached chemical fiber and may contain up to 6% aluminum foil and 24% PE film.

Used liquid packaging board with plastic layer (with or without aluminum content), containing a minimum of 50% by weight of fibres and the balance being aluminum or coatings.

All liquid carton board as commonly found in used gable top milk cartons sorted from domestic kerbside collections at MRFs.
All cartons may have a maximum of 10% mechanical fiber and total fiber content of not less than 50% as typically contained in aseptic cartons.

Grade Name:

No corresponding grade

Unused Liquid Packaging Board

No corresponding grade

Code:

Not applicable

No corresponding grade

Not applicable

Description:

None

Printed or unprinted shavings or sheets of liquid packaging board (with or without aluminum and/or plastic layer), containing a minimum of 50% by weight of fibres.

None

Labels

Grade Name:

No corresponding grade

Wet Labels

No corresponding grade

Code:

Not applicable

5.05.00

Not applicable

Description:

None

Used wet labels from wet strength papers, containing a maximum of 1% glass content, and a maximum of 50% moisture, without other unusable materials.

None

Grade Name:

No corresponding grade

Dry Labels

No corresponding grade

Code:

Not applicable

5.05.01

Not applicable

Description:

None

Labels made from wet-strength papers.

None

Grade Name:

No corresponding grade

Labels with Base Layer

No corresponding grade

Code:

Not applicable

5.05.02

Not applicable

Description:

None

Label paper, release paper and label stock as well as from converting and dispensing of labels.

None

Grade Name:

No corresponding grade

Paper Release Liner for Self-adhesive Labels

No corresponding grade

Code:

Not applicable

5.05.03

Not applicable

Description:

None

Release liner materials from the converting and dispensing of self-adhesive labels. Materials shall be free from labels, cores, and other contaminants.

None

Unprinted White Wet- Strength Woodfree Papers

Grade Name:

Coated Book Stock (CBS)

Unprinted White Wet-Strength Woodfree Papers

No corresponding grade

Code:

Grade 43 CBS

5.06.00

Not applicable

Prohibitive Materials:

None permitted

None

None

Outthrows Plus Prohibitives:

May not exceed 2%

None

None

Description:

Consists of coated groundwood-free paper, printed or unprinted in sheets, shavings, guillotined books and cuttings. A reasonable percentage of paper containing fine groundwood may be included.

Unprinted white wet strength woodfree papers

None

Grade Name:

No corresponding grade

Unprinted White and Coloured Wet-Strength Papers

No corresponding grade

Code:

Not applicable

5.06.01

Not applicable

Description:

None

Unprinted white and coloured in the mass wet-strength papers.

None

Printed White Wet-Strength Woodfree Papers

Grade Name:

Coated Groundwood Sections (CGS)

Printed White Wet-Strength Woodfree Papers

No corresponding grade

Code:

Grade 44 (CGS)

5.07.00

Not applicable

Prohibitive Materials:

None permitted

None

None

Outthrows Plus Prohibitives:

May not exceed 2%

None

None

Description:

Consists of printed, coated groundwood paper in sheets, sections, shavings or guillotined books. This grade may not include news quality groundwood paper.

Printed white wet-strength woodfree papers.

None

Grade Name:

No corresponding grade

Printed White and Coloured Wet Strength Woodfree Papers

No corresponding grade

Code:

Not applicable

5.07.01

Not applicable

Description:

None

Printed white and coloured in the mass wet-strength woodfree papers.

None

Cores

Grade Name:

Fiber Cores

Cores

No corresponding grade

Code:

Grade 14

5.08.00

Not applicable

Prohibitive Materials:

May not exceed 1%

None

None

Outthrows Plus Prohibitives:

May not exceed 5%

None

None

Description:

Consists of paper cores made from either recycled paperboard and/or linerboard, single or multiple plies. Metal or plastic end caps, wood plugs, and textile residues are not acceptable in this grade.

Shredded, hogged or unshredded solid cores from paper reels without metal ends.

None

NCR Shavings

Grade Name:

No corresponding grade

Carbonless Copy Paper (NCR)

No corresponding grade

Code:

Not applicable

5.09.00

Not applicable

Description:

None

Sheets or shavings of new carbonless copy paper (NCR).

None

Envelopes

Grade Name:

No corresponding grade

Printed White Envelope

No corresponding grade

Code:

Not applicable

5.10.00

Not applicable

Description:

None

White envelopes, printed on the inside with or without water soluble or latex glue and windows (plastic or glassine).

None

Grade Name:

New Colored Envelope Cuttings

Mixed Envelopes

No corresponding grade

Code:

Grade 33

5.10.01

Not applicable

Prohibitive Materials:

None permitted

None

None

Outthrows Plus Prohibitives:

May not exceed 2%

None

None

Description:

Consists of groundwood-free cuttings, shavings, or sheets of untreated, uncoated bleachable colored envelope paper.

Mixed white or coloured in mass envelopes with or without water soluble or latex glue and windows (plastic or glassine).

None

Blister Pack

Grade Name:

No corresponding grade

Blister Pack

No corresponding grade

Code:

Not applicable

5.11.00

Not applicable

Description:

None

Packaging board with flat or moulded plastic part. May be board with plastic layers and inserts.

None

Kraft Sacks

Grade Name:

No corresponding grade

Used Kraft Sacks

No corresponding grade

Code:

Not applicable

5.12.00

Not applicable

Description:

None

Clean used kraft sacks. May be printed or unprinted or may be wet strength or non- wet-strength. May include plastic layer papers.

None

Grade Name:

No corresponding grade

Used Kraft Sacks with Plastic Layer Papers

No corresponding grade

Code:

Not applicable

5.12.01

Not applicable

Description:

None

Clean used kraft sacks with plastic layer. May be printed or unprinted and may contain wet-strength or non-wet-strength plies.

None

Grade Name:

Kraft Grocery Bag (KGB)

Unused Kraft Sacks

No corresponding grade

Code:

Grade 19 (KGB)

5.13.00

Not applicable

Prohibitive Materials:

None permitted

None

None

Outthrows Plus Prohibitives:

May not exceed 1%

None

None

Description:

Consists of new brown kraft bag cuttings, sheets and misprint bags.

Unused kraft sacks. May be printed or unprinted and may be wet-strength or non-wet strength and may also include papers with a plastic layer.

None

Grade Name:

New Kraft Multi-Wall Bag

Unused Kraft Sacks with Plastic Layer Papers and Poly Liners

No corresponding grade

Code:

Grade 20

5.13.01

Not applicable

Prohibitive Materials:

None permitted

None

None

Outthrows Plus Prohibitives:

May not exceed 1%

None

None

Description:

Consists of new brown kraft multi-wall bag cuttings, sheets, and misprint bags, free of stitched papers.

Unused kraft sacks with plastic layer and poly liners. May be printed or unprinted and may contain wet-strength or non wet-strength plies.

None

Paper Cups

Grade Name:

#2 Printed Bleached Cup Stock
(#2 Cup)

Used Paper Cups and Other Used Tableware

No corresponding grade

Code:

Grade 49 (#2 Cup)

5.14.00

Not applicable

Prohibitive Materials:

None permitted

None

None

Outthrows Plus Prohibitives:

May not exceed 1%

None

None

Description:

Consists of printed, untreated formed cups, cup die cuts, and misprint sheets of coated or uncoated cup base stock. Glues must be water soluble. Must be free of wax, poly, and other coatings that are insoluble.

Used paper cups and other tableware, including used plastic layered paper cups and tableware, containing a minimum of 75% by weight of fibres.

None

Grade Name:

#1 Bleached Cup Stock
(#1 Cup)

Unused Paper Cups and Other Tableware

No corresponding grade

Code:

Grade 48 (#1 Cup)

5.14.01

Not applicable

Prohibitive Materials:

None permitted

None

None

Outthrows Plus Prohibitives:

May not exceed 0.5%

None

None

Description:

Consists of untreated cuttings or sheets of coated or uncoated cup base stock. Cuttings with slight bleed may be included. Must be free of wax, poly, and other coatings that are insoluble.

Printed or unprinted shavings or sheets from the production of paper cups and other tableware, including plastic layered paper cups and tableware, containing a minimum of 75% by weight of fibres.

None

References

ACOR (Australian Council of Recycling)

CEPI (Confideration of European Paper Industries)

ISRI (Institute of Scrape Recycling, Inc.)

Info compiled by Umesh