International Paper Announces Cardboard Recycling Plan
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Paper, the world’s largest paper company, has announced a long-term
agreement with Balcones Resources that IP says will allow it to increase
the amount of used cardboard boxes recovered from its waste stream by
15 percent, compared to a 2010 baseline, by 2020.
Under the agreement, recovered material will be used in the company’s production of new corrugated boxes.
International Paper already recovers, processes or facilitates the
sale of more than 6 million tons of fiber each year in the US, which the
company says makes it one of the country’s largest paper recyclers. One of the company’s 12 sustainability goals for 2020
targets an increase in old corrugated container recovery. International
Paper operates 23 of its own recycling facilities around the world, and
also uses collaborations and acquisitions to recover material.
In other waste paper news,
a new study shows a decrease in the corrugated industry’s use of wax
coatings since 2002, according to research by the Corrugated Packaging
Alliance. The organization attributes the 33 percent decline in waxed
corrugated cardboard to the development of recyclable alternatives. By
developing and using wax alternatives, the industry continues to
increase the amount of recyclable corrugated packaging.
In 2012, the corrugated industry shipped 9.4 billion square feet of
boxes using recyclable wax alternative coatings. That’s over 621 percent
more than the 1.3 billion square feet shipped when first measured in
Some 46 recyclable wax alternatives have passed certification testing
for "repulpability” and recyclability and have been registered with the
Fibre Box Association as of October, the COA says.
In July, New Orleans Fish House began testing recyclable coated corrugated boxes
as methods of transporting locally caught seafood. The boxes, made by
Cascades Industrial Packaging and Interstate Container, are designed to
be recyclable, unlike the paraffin-coated packaging typically used, and
also withstand the icy seafood packing process.