"Promoting the Value of the UK Paper & Board Merchant"
The NAPM supports:
The NAPM recovered fibre definition states
Paper and board qualities seeking to be certified with one of the NAPM Recycled Paper Marks must be manufactured from a minimum of 50%, 75% or 100% genuine paper and board waste fibre, no part of which should contain mill produced waste.
The NAPM defines genuine recovered fibre in the following terms:
1. Converters Waste: waste that has left the mill and is waste from a cutting or slitting operation
2. Printers waste: printed or unprinted - waste collected from a printing operation and may be either 'trimmings' (guillotine waste), 'overs', 'rejects' or any other similar waste received direct from a printer.
3. Domestic/Office waste: waste collected from either of these places - it may be printed or unprinted.
4. Newsstand Returns
5. Other - for example industrial waste, agricultural waste etc
Any combination of the above can go towards the 50%, 75% or 100% genuine recovered fibre minimum.
Under no circumstances can Mill Broke, Virgin Wood Fibre or Virgin Non-wood Fibre contribute to genuine recovered fibre.
With regard to the NAPM Certified Recycled mark, we would prefer no reference to be made to the A, B, C or D classifications of waste.
It is not always easy to determine the recycled fibre content. Currently, a number of labeling schemes exist to inform consumers of the composition of recycled paper and the source of the recycled content. An example of this is the A, B, C & D classification system (table 11), which was agreed by a group of recycled paper suppliers. Although widely used, this system has not been adopted by the whole of the industry but it is a valuable guide and enables the right questions to be put when specifying recycled paper.
A - Woodfree (chemically pulped), approved own mill waste. This paper has required no de-inking and contains no post-consumer waste. This paper would have been used in products not labelled as recycled. No real environmental benefits.
B - Woodfree, unprinted waste. The paper has not been used or written on. It is called post-industrial or pre-consumer waste. This does not contain any post-consumer waste. Only marginal environmental benefits.
C - Woodfree, printed waste. This includes computer printouts, white copier and printing papers, top class printed literature, usually de-inked. Almost all of this paper is post-consumer waste. Significant environmental benefits through waste reduction and conservation of energy and forests.
D - Mechanically pulped printed waste, such as newsprint. All the paper is post-consumer, low-grade waste, much of it from domestic sources. Greatest environmental benefit.