Sorted Office Paper (SOP) Material Specifications
Target material
White paper typically generated by offices,containing a minimum of 60% wood-free paper. Paper to be mainly white or light colours but can contain up to a maximum of 10% unbleached material (light coloured papers), manila envelopes and file covers.
White office papers can contain metal staples and fasteners.
Paper can be printed upon.
Paper can be shredded or unshredded.
Unwanted paper and board
Material is to contain less than 5% newspapers and packaging and less than 2% of mixed paper content which includes:
- Heavily dyed paper
- Coated paper and paper with glue content.
Material should contain 0% of carbon or carbonless paper.
Unwanted material (Outthrows)
There is a tolerance of up to 1% of unwanted materials by overall bale weight.
Unwanted materials includes non-paper and cardboard materials such as:
- Metals
- Cans
- Plastic bottles
- Rigid plastic
- Plastic film
- Textiles
It also includes paper and board which may be detrimental to production such as:
- Soft and hard cores
- Tetrapak
- Wallpaper
- Tissue paper
- Wet strength hand towels
- Egg box
- Adhesive labels / backing paper
All material should NOT contain any of the following as there is a 0% tolerance:
- Food waste
- Garden waste
- Medical and hygiene waste
- Hazardous materials (e.g. paint, chemicals, oil, asbestos)
- Nappies
- Concrete, soil, stone and brick
- Glass
- Fire damaged material
- Bitumen
- Toxic powders
- Wood
Material must be generally free of dirt, grit, fire damage and should not be mouldy
Average of 12% moisture content. Moisture above 12% may be subject to claims.
Bale presentation
Bales should be a uniform shape, compact and with all baling wire secure. Bales should not be wrapped in plastic film or loaded on pallets.