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Forest2Market Kicks Off Informational Campaign to Educate Large Retailers about the Market for Old Corrugated Boxes

Posted by Suz-Anne Kinney on February 11, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Today, Forest2Market kicks off a 10-part series to demystify the old corrugated container (OCC) market for large generators of OCC, such as grocery stores and big box stores. The first article, Generating Recycled Boxes and Revenue: Large Retailers Capitalize on Non-Core Activities, delves into the two most common ways that OCC travels from the retail store’s loading dock to a mill that re-pulps the material and sends it back to the manufacturing facility to make recycled paper and containers.

Other topics in this series include:

  • OCC Recycling Programs at Large Retailers Contribute to the Bottom Line—and the Top
  • Three Causes of OCC Price Volatility
  • Know the End-Buyer: Why OCC Quality Matters
  • Know the End-Buyer: Recycled or Virgin Fiber
  • Five Key Criteria for Evaluating OCC Recycling Vendor Suitability
  • How to Get Higher Returns and Better Service-- Regional vs. National OCC Recycling Contracts
  • Contract vs. Spot Market: The Ideal Mix for Recycling OCC
  • Recommended OCC Contract Lengths and Terms
  • When an OCC Contract Goes Bad: Best Practices

Suzanne Hearn, Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Forest2Market, commented on the ideas behind this new project. “Since we launched our Market2Mill product line in 2011, we have had the opportunity to speak to many large generators of OCC. What we’ve learned is that far too many of them have been using the request for proposal (RFP) process to measure how well their contracts for OCC recycling are in line with the market. They ask questions like, “How do I know if I’m getting market price for my OCC?” and “How does my OCC compare to the rest of the OCC that is traded on the market?” Our goal with this campaign is to answer some of the common questions and to provide alternative methods for measuring contract performance that are not as labor-intensive as the RFP process.”

In addition to the articles on the F2M Market Watch blog, two white papers—one explaining why the RFP process is not an ideal way of measuring contract performance and another explaining the alternatives for understanding the market—will also be available.

Suz-Anne Kinney: +1 980 233 4021 or

Topics: Corrugated Boxes