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Paper pulping operation

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Lois Epstein @ EDF
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02/28/97 01:36 PM

Re: molded pulp; off the top of my head I would not advise egg cartons; it
is a mature market in tough competiton with polystyrene.  There have been
some new molded-pulp startups that make forms for shipping high value
products like electronic equipment, machinery, wine bottles, etc.  I
believe these companies are on the West Coast.  They should be listed in
the Lockwood-Post Directory of the Pulp & Paper Industry.  Molded pulp
manufacturers make their own pulp; it would not make sense for them to buy
pulp from someone else.

from John Ruston, Environmental Defense Fund

To:  P2TECH @ great-lakes.net
cc:    (bcc: Lois Epstein)
Subject:  Paper pulping operation

I've had a request for information, and wonder if anyone has any ideas of
what they do with clay sludge besides disposal. Read on:

I'm working on the feasibility of establishing a 20,000 to
40,000 paper pulping operation that would target low grades
of paper (i.e. magazines, junk mail, wax coated cardboard).  Two main
questions they need to answer are:

1. What disposal options are available in the region for about 20,000 tons
of clay sludge that might be generated from recycling magazines? Here, Jan
asks for reuse options rather than disposal.....

2. They hope to make a value added paper product rather than shipping the
pulp to a paper mill outside the state.  They think some kind of molded
paper product such as paper filters, egg cartons etc. as well as
fiberboard sheeting might be the most promising end products. Jan adds that
there is an egg producing industry that may be interested in "locally
grown" egg cartons, but are there any other ideas?


Jan Hygnstrom, Extension Assistant
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
(402) 472-9614

Lois N. Epstein, P.E.
Environmental Defense Fund (Washington, DC)

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