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Impact of increased collection rates and the use of commingled collection systems on the quality of recovered paper. Part 1: Increased collection rates

Miranda Carreño, Rubén and Monte Lara, Mª Concepción and Blanco Suárez, Ángeles (2011) Impact of increased collection rates and the use of commingled collection systems on the quality of recovered paper. Part 1: Increased collection rates. Waste Management, 31 (11). pp. 2208-2216. ISSN 0956-053X

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Abstract

The recovery and utilization of recovered paper have increased over past decades all over the world due to economic, environmental, and social issues. However, it is well known that an extended recovered paper collection is detrimental to its quality, either by the exploitation of lower quality sources such as households, or the spreading of commingled systems instead of selective collection systems. The influence of these two factors was assessed by analyzing the quality of different recovered paper grades used as raw material in a mill located in Madrid (Spain) producing newsprint and light weight coated paper from recovered paper. Part 1 of the paper deals with the impact of increased collection rates on the quality of recovered paper and Part 2 with the use of commingled collection systems. Results of Part 1 show that increased collection rates have a large impact on the quality of the recovered paper. The quality, measured as total unusable material and moisture contents, had deteriorated very rapidly in only four years (2005-2008) as a consequence of increased collection rates. Collection rates increased in Spain from 58.5% to 68.6% during this period, resulting in more than 50% increase of total unusable material and 25% of moisture content. The downgrading of the quality of recovered paper is one of the major threats for extending the current limits of paper recycling. Therefore, future challenge is to increase its availability but maintaining its quality.


Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Recovered paper; Paper recycling; Collection rate; Collection systems; Quality
Subjects:Sciences > Chemistry > Chemical engineering
ID Code:17066
Deposited On:19 Nov 2012 09:36
Last Modified:25 Nov 2014 12:08

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