PSI seeks member feedback for preamble of ‘Scrap Specifications Circular’

PSI seeks member feedback for preamble of ‘Scrap Specifications Circular’

The updated preamble to the paper stock section of the ISRI “Scrap Specifications Circular” is nearing completion, but clarification is needed.

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February 14, 2018
Edited by Megan Workman
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The Paper Stock Industries (PSI) Chapter of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, has announced it is seeking immediate feedback from its members regarding updates to the paper stock section of the ISRI “Scrap Specifications Circular.”

Johnny Gold, chairman of the ISRI/PSI subcommittee focused on the rewriting and modernization of the preamble, says the committee has met for more than a year to discuss changes to the preamble. As PSI nears completion of the new document, Gold says the group has two questions that require clarification and member feedback:

  • Under moisture content, the committee is at a crossroads with the definition stating, “All paper must be packed dry with a moisture content of 12 percent, which is deemed to be the maximum dry limit.” The committee has suggested that the line read, “All paper must be packed dry,” eliminating the percentage.
  • Under weight discrepancy, the wording related in export is as follows: “No adjustment shall be made on any shipment of paper stock when the weight variation is 2 percent.” The committee has suggested that the line read, “The weight variation remain at 1 percent,” the domestic definition.

“The committee will take the majority advice from our members in terms of which wording will be used. Thank you for your time and consideration. Please advise as quickly as possible,” Gold says in a statement.

Gold, who also serves as president of The Gold Group Recycling Consultants LLC, Swampscott, Massachusetts, asks members to advise on their preference by contacting Gold by email at jgold@goldgrouprecycling.com or by phone at 908-451-9025.

PSI met at ISRI2017 in New Orleans April 27, 2017, for its third annual PSI Summit SPECtacular.

The event provided a forum for packers, brokers and consumers of recovered paper stock to discuss and amend the preamble to the paper stock section of the ISRI “Scrap Specifications Circular.”

Members at the summit agreed that some items in the preamble needed to be listed more generally, including layman’s terms in descriptions. They also agreed that domestic and export transactions and moisture policies should be dealt with separately.