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MRF upgrades technology to refine fiber sorting

Published: October 9, 2023
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Murphy Road Recycling’s All American MRF recently completed $40 million in upgrades that focused on improved worker safety and fiber recovery. | Courtesy of Van Dyk

The consumer recyclables stream has changed a lot in the last two decades, and a Connecticut MRF recently invested $40 million in an upgrade focused on more granular fiber recovery and worker safety.  Continue Reading

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Pratt’s latest 100% recycled paper mill opens in Kentucky

Published: October 2, 2023
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Baled OCC for recycling.

Pratt Industries has opened six of the most recent eight paper mills built in the U.S., according to a press release from the company. | Vitaliy Kyrychuk/Shutterstock

Pratt Industries brought its $700 million recycled paper mill and corrugated box factory in Kentucky on-line and announced an investment in Pennsylvania.  Continue Reading

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Greif forecasts average $48-per-ton OCC cost this year

Published: September 11, 2023
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The price of OCC has a major impact on Greif’s Paper Packaging & Services segment, which manufactures several corrugated fiber products. | JHVEPhoto/Shutterstock

Projecting an average OCC price of $48 per ton for this fiscal year, industrial packaging producer Greif Inc. continues to enjoy lower recycled fiber costs even as it experiences lower demand for many of its products. Continue Reading

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Paper giants foresee continuing rise in OCC prices

Published: August 28, 2023
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OCC heading into a pulping machine at a Pacific Northwest paper mill. Four major recovered fiber companies recently detailed their outlooks for the future of OCC markets. | Jared Paben/Resource Recycling

Some of the largest consumers of fiber bales enjoyed low OCC prices during the second quarter, giving them a little margin relief amid an otherwise tough business environment. As the year progresses, they’re expecting to pay more for recovered fiber, however.  Continue Reading

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Fiber recycling rates remain high

Published: August 14, 2023
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Cardboard in a recycling bin.

Despite showing brief declines between 2018 and 2020, paper and OCC recycling rates continue to trend upward. | AdamBoor/Shutterstock

Data from the American Forest & Paper Association showed that paper and OCC recycling rates held steady in 2022, despite fluctuations in recycled material markets more generally. Continue Reading

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WestRock shuts down Washington paper mill

Published: August 7, 2023
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WestRock announced it is shuttering its Tacoma, Wash. facility due to the mill’s high need for capital investment and to consolidate the company’s footprint. | Google

Paper giant WestRock is shutting down a nearly 100-year-old mill in Tacoma, Wash. that consumes OCC from recycling programs. The company says its decision is driven by high operating costs. Continue Reading

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