Recyclable materials are considered commodities for the value they possess as a raw material. These commodities are used by recycling companies and processors to manufacturer renewable resources and sustainable materials. As a raw material, recyclables can present value to generators of these commodities, providing an opportunity to develop new streams of revenue for their companies.


Typical generators of recyclable paper include commercial printers, newspaper printers, bindery companies, book manufacturers, fulfillment centers, converters, container manufacturers, corrugators, retailers, wholesalers, document destruction companies, and offices.

The PRI Group handles all grades of paper and in all forms. The paper may be either loose in containers, boxes, on skids, tubs or roll-off boxes, and butt rolls; it may be baled; it may be miscellaneous roll stock that is over stock, damaged product or obsolete.

Common grades of recyclable paper products include:

  • OCC (Old Corrugated Container) or cardboard
  • Newspaper
  • Double Liner Kraft (DLK)
  • Mixed Paper
  • Boxboard
  • Magazine
  • Office Waste (Unsorted or Sorted Office Paper)
  • Sections
  • Solid Bleached Sulphate (SBS)
  • Colored Ledger
  • Light Print and Heavy Print SBS
  • Unprinted grades (Pub Blanks, News Blanks, Soft White and Hard White)
  • Poly SBS
  • Manifold White Ledger


The PRI Group handles other commodities from metals, rubbers and glass to obsolete inventory and used consumer goods and electronics that may be repackaged and resold.


Typical generators of plastic include commercial printers, plastic injection molders, plastic extruders, manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers.

The PRI Group handles all grades of plastic and in all forms. Plastic may be in the form of a film, regrind, purge, parts, and sweeps. Plastic may be loose in a box, baled stacked on skids, or on rolls. It is important that the plastic is sorted by the specific grade.

Common grades of recyclable plastics include:

  • Stretch wrap
  • Plastic bags
  • High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
  • Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE)
  • High Impact Styrene (HIPS)
  • Acrylonitrile, Butadiene and Styrene (ABS)
  • Polypropylene (PP)
  • Styrene
  • Nylon
  • Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
  • Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)

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