Paper shipping sacks, often called multiwall sacks, provide efficient and economical packaging of many food ingredients and agricultural products.
Being made of paper, they often can be recycled if they are emptied of residue. Unlined sacks containing food ingredients are the most common and are easiest to recycle when shaken clean, because they do not contain plastic films or linings.
Most mills will accept clean, unlined food sacks comingled with OCC, making it super easy and economical to add them to the existing recycling stream. Before adding sacks to OCC, check with a local paper recycler to learn about local mill requirements.
Some bakeries and other food ingredient businesses have been recycling their paper shipping sacks for years, but there is potential to significantly increase the recovery rate, thus keeping more waste out of landfills and providing paper mills with a source of quality fiber for their recycling furnish.
This presentation will provide information on the current state of paper shipping sack recycling and how increased recycling is being facilitated by the Paper Shipping Sack Manufacturers Association.