I’m writing in regard to Emily Fattore’s letter in the June/July edition. I don’t know where Ms. Fattore lives, but glossy stock/magazines have been included in our old newspaper (ONP) mix since 1993. ONP pulpers find the addition of magazine stock reduces the amount of clay needed to produce newsprint and have asked municipalities to mix magazine stock in with ONP and pay appropriately.
We have every copy of SW&R on file as a necessary reference and resource for our municipality. The recycled content and recyclability of SW&R are secondary issues — we share subscriptions/copies and use this magazine as a reference for many internal and external inquires on solid waste management issues, equipment, opinions and news. I make time for SW&R and find it a valuable resource
D. Trevor Barton
Wet-Dry Marketing Officer
City of Guelph
I have some comments with regard to the unwarranted criticism that your choice of printing paper is unrecyclable. Let me say, first of all, that I have already taken part in recycling this type of paper, first as a consultant to a paper company that regularly recycled magazine papers of this kind way back in the 1950s, by taking out the old clay with multi-stage flat screens, and replacing it with new clay coating for new magazine papers.
Secondly, the board mills and the pulp moulding plants have already learned how to minimize the clay problem by blending magazine papers in appropriate quantities with other post-consumer wastes. I have described this opportunity in my “Recycling the Final Residuals of the Paper Industry in Canada,” presented at the R2000 conference June 6 in Toronto.
Roy W. Emery