Old newspaper (ONP) specifications reflect various levels of allowable non-newspaper materials, such as glossy inserts, flyers, other grades of fibre, and non-fibre materials. Some specifications permit a very small amount of “prohibited materials” and “out-throws.” For example, #8 ONP has a total out-throw of 0.25 per cent.
Although most municipalities market their fibre as a #8 ONP, typically the true mix of materials that is sold today by most recycling programs in North America is #6 ONP; a grade that allows for inserts, some magazines, fine paper, etc.
Despite the change in the ONP mix marketed over the past five years, mills have been willing to pay #8 ONP pricing in an effort to secure supply. How long this buying trend will remain is unknown but will surely be influenced by changes in the marketplace (e.g., mill closures), including the economic climate and mill costs/margins, etc.
Source: NAPCOR Final Report 2001, Container Recycling Institute, 2002 and The Price Sheet (CSR).
Note: Prices are in Canadian $ per metric tonne.
For more information, contact Damian Bassett at 416-594-3456, extension 229 or visit www.csr.org (the CSR Sheet is located under “Publications”).