Millennium Recycling News
July 2017

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ISRI Specs Update
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) updated their  Scrap Specifications in April to include new glass and inbound mixed-recycling specifications. These changes were made to help understand the challenges processors face when working with complex municipal streams.

Glass specifications
The new  MRF glass specifications cover three-color mixed, crushed or whole container glass and  sets a maximum tolerance for non-glass residue at 35% and a maximum tolerance for fines at 30%.  The new specifications also include a lower tolerance at 2% for common materials that cause significant problems including ceramics like dinner plates, mugs and cups for example. See specifications here:   MRF Glass   (Page 25)

Inbound MRF specifications (Single Stream)
New single stream specifications now include types and condition of paper, OCC, cartons, plastic, metals and glass typically accepted at MRFs. I t also lists materials that are unacceptable under any circumstances including electronics, hazardous materials, medical waste, organics and more. See specifications here: Guidelines for Inbound Curbside Recyclables for MRFs (Page 60)

Millennium bases our grading and specifications on industry guidelines like those from ISRI, as well as other national and local trends that may impact material quality:
What's Wrong with Asian Cardboard?

What is Asian?
The production of boxes overseas varies greatly from boxes made in the U.S. - the main difference being the fiber yield. Non-Domestic, also referred to as Asian OCC,  is made of lower fiber quality due to virgin fiber shortages in those countries, often times is has already been recycled many times. This leads to weaker material that is less resistant to water and drastically lowers the fiber quality.

Why is it a problem?
Fiber mills have to treat Non-Domestic OCC similar to mixed paper. At Millennium, we try to manage the amount in each load sent to mills to ensure it will be accepted. Depending on the amount in the load, it may be downgraded by the mill or even be rejected. 

Where does it come from?
Due to many products being shipped from Non-Domestic countries, many retailers generate a large percentage of Non-Domestic boxes.

How can you spot it?
You can usually identify Non-Domestic OCC by the grayish color, or  by ripping it - it tears apart very easily and is full of short fibers. It may look similar on the outside, but the bottom line is the shorter the fiber, the weaker the board.

What should you do with it?
You can recycle Non-Domestic OCC with your OCC loads, but excess amounts may result in a lower grade. If you are concerned about lowering the value of your OCC, it can be recycled in the single stream instead. 
Please make sure the  Guidelines are being followed at all times when on Millennium property.

This includes properly closing vehicle doors and securing loose chains to prevent damage to the facility or dragging loose material out of tip areas.

"On the Line" is our quarterly newsletter meant to keep you i nformed on current events at our facility, in our community and in the recycling industry. If you want to hear about a topic or have a question you want us to answer, please let us know! We look forward to keeping you updated, thanks for your continued partnership as a Millennium Recycling customer.