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What’s the difference between pre-consumer and post-consumer recovered paper?

Pre-consumer recovered paper consists of trimmings and scraps from printing, carton manufacturing, and other converting processes that are re-processed in the mill without reaching the final consumer.

Post-consumer recovered paper (like old corrugated boxes, newspapers, magazines, and office paper), already has been used by the ultimate consumer, and is then returned to the mill for recycling.

Although some papers contain 100 percent recycled fiber, papermakers will often combine various amounts of recycled fiber with new fiber to produce paper of the desired grade and quality.

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