Specs Committee Update

The Specs Committee is still working on the feedback collected at the Summit in New Orleans. The summary of feedback and schedule for responses will appear soon.

In response to feedback after the Summit, the PSI specifications committee has elected to delete details of what constitutes outthrows and prohibitives from the text of the newly ratified individual specifications, leaving that information to be part of the preamble.

See the latest version of the changes below.


Deletion of News Grades #6, 7, and 8

Deletion of Mix Grades #1, 2, and 3

New Grades

Sorted Clean News (SCN) – Consists of sorted newspapers from source separated collection programs, converters, drop-off centers and paper drives containing the normal percentages of roto gravure, colored and coated sections. May contain inserts that would normally be included in the newspaper in the proper proportions. Grade must be free of excessive ink, brown grades and non-paper material. {Some mills may require pack to be free of flexographic inks.}

Prohibitive Materials: ½ of 1%

Outthrows plus Prohibitives may not exceed 1%

Other papers may not exceed 10%

Sorted Residential Papers (SRP) – Consists of sorted newspapers, junk mail, magazines, printing and writing papers and other acceptable papers generated from residential programs (such as residential household and apartment collections and drop-off centers) sorted and processed at a recycling facility. Material should be free of containerboard & brown grades {OCC, Kraft bags, Boxboard and Kraft carrier board}

Prohibitive materials may not exceed 2%

Outthrows may not exceed 3%

Mixed Paper (MP) – Consists of all paper and paperboard of various qualities not limited to the type of fiber content, sorted and processed at a recycling facility.

Prohibitive materials may not exceed 2%

Outthrows may not exceed 3%

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