Paper Recycling

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Market Overview

The worldwide market for Waste Paper Recycling is expected to grow at a CAGR of roughly 3.0% over the next five years. It will reach 49,900 million US$ in 2024, from 41,700 million US$ in 2019, according to a new GIR (Global Info Research) study. About 35% of municipal solid waste (before recycling) in the United States by weight is paper and paper products. To this day, only 42.4% of that is recycled.

On a global level, paper production accounts for about 35% of felled trees worldwide,[7] and represents 1.2% of the world's total economic output.[8] Recycling one ton of newsprint saves about 1 ton of wood, while recycling 1 ton of printing or copier paper saves slightly more than 2 tons of wood. Therefore, in our current environmental climate making the choice to recycle paper and invest in mixed paper recycling is more important than ever. At the moment, most corrugated fiberboard boxes have over 25% recycled fibers while some are 100% recycled fiber.

Market Challenge

The generation of paper and paperboard has decreased from 87.7 million tons in 2000 to 67 million tons in 2017. This is fantastic for the environment but provides a lower revenue for recyclers.

China’s action to limit imports of recovered paper has disrupted the overall recovered fiber market in the U.S. and other major recovered fiber generating regions.

In the last several years, North American recycling operations have seen overseas markets for fibre products that have historically been reliable become much more difficult to access. Rising global purity standards are either virtually unobtainable using traditional sorting and separation methods, or they are too costly to meet using options such as adding additional manual sorters.

Unfortunately, mixed paper now consistently sells at a negative value or zero (at best) U.S. dollars per ton in most markets, while OCC is trading at the lowest levels seen in a decade.

Market Compliancy
  • OSHA
  • EPA
  • HHW
  • DOE
  • AF&PA
  • ISRI
Market Solutions

Fluent Conveyors offers many cost-effective solutions for efficiently separating in the mixed paper and cardboard recycling process. With today’s low rates and high purity demands it is imperative to efficiently and accurately separate your OCC and mixed papers. Our goal is fast, efficient and low maintenance systems that will run reliably and last a long time. This way, we ensure you protect your overhead and gain a quick ROI. Fluent offers standard manual sort systems from 3 man up to 12 man and beyond, as well as fully custom semi-automated sorting systems separating out color, news, white, and OCC. Fluent can build systems uniquely around your needs utilizing Magnetic belts, eddie currents, ballistic separators, fines screens, optical sorters, slider bed conveyors, trough idler conveyors and more. Fluent also offers many different belt options from our massive roller chain conveyors for high impact and high load applications to our post sort baler infeed conveyors. We’re here to offer all your mixed paper recycling solutions in one spot.