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Post-Consumer Newsprint

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This information reflects our best understanding of product composition in 2021.

This Common Product considers old newspapers, which are commonly separated from other paper during recycling. Newsprint contains cellulose fiber, processing aids, and other additives. It also commonly contains lignin, which occurs naturally in...

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This Common Product considers old newspapers, which are commonly separated from other paper during recycling. Newsprint contains cellulose fiber, processing aids, and other additives. It also commonly contains lignin, which occurs naturally in wood pulp but is removed in most paper manufacturing due to its tendency to cause the product to discolor when exposed to sunlight and oxygen. Newspapers contain black and colored inks as well. Historically, inks have been based on petroleum oils. Many newspapers now use soy oil, particularly for colored inks, but petroleum-based oils are still in use. Because paper is prone to absorbing chemicals, contaminants may also be introduced during use or waste management. According to the American Forest & Paper Association, in 2019, 60.9% of the newsprint waste generated in the U.S. was recycled, down from and all-time high of 77.3% in 2017. They cite declining exports as contributing to the reduced rate of recycling. The total amount of newsprint used annually has also been declining, with 4.4 million tons of newsprint supply in the U.S. in 2019, compared to 19 million tons in 2000. Newspapers can be recycled into new newsprint paper, light card containers like egg cartons, tissues, and cellulose insulation materials. If recycled back into paper products, newsprint can be recycled up to four times, the paper fibers disintegrating over time and requiring the addition of virgin fibers. This Common Product describes substances identified as commonly present in newspapers and/or found in tests of post-consumer newspapers and newsprint advertisements. This is not a complete list of all the potential chemicals that may be found in this recycling stream. Potential chemicals of concern identified in this research include orthophthalates, heavy metals, mineral oil hydrocarbons (MOH), phenols (such as alkylphenols and bisphenols), and PCBs. More information on potential sources of these chemicals is included in the notes for each individual chemical.

Name % Weight Whole Function GREENSCREEN® Sources
Pulp, cellulose
65996-61-4
<100.00% Fiber Subscribe to view
Lignin
9005-53-2
<50.00% Fiber Subscribe to view
Calcium carbonate
471-34-1
<25.00% Filler Subscribe to view
Kaolin
1332-58-7
<10.00% Filler Subscribe to view
Starch
9005-25-8
<6.00% Sizing agent Subscribe to view
WHITE MINERAL OIL
8042-47-5
<1.40% Carrier Subscribe to view
Formaldehyde, polymer with 3-chloro-1-propene and phenol
28470-78-2
<1.30% Resin Subscribe to view
C13-14 isoparaffin
64742-47-8
<0.90% Carrier Subscribe to view
Soybean oil
8001-22-7
<0.80% Carrier Subscribe to view
Carbon black
1333-86-4
<0.50% Pigment Subscribe to view
Iron oxide
1332-37-2
<0.42% Pigment Subscribe to view
2,5-Furandione, dihydro-, mono-C15-20-alkenyl derivs.
68784-12-3
<0.30% Sizing agent Subscribe to view
Pigment Blue 15
147-14-8
<0.24% Pigment Subscribe to view
C.I. Pigment Yellow 12
6358-85-6
<0.24% Pigment Subscribe to view
Linseed oil
8001-26-1
<0.20% Carrier Subscribe to view
Paraffin
8002-74-2
<0.20% Slip resistance Subscribe to view
PHENANTHRENE
85-01-8
<0.08% MOH Subscribe to view
Cobalt bis(2-ethylhexanoate)
136-52-7
<0.04% Dessicant Subscribe to view
t-Butylhydroquinone
1948-33-0
<0.01% Antioxidant Subscribe to view
Copper
7440-50-8
<0.01% Metal Subscribe to view
DI(2-ETHYLHEXYL)PHTHALATE (DEHP) (primary CASRN)
117-81-7
<0.01% Plasticizer Subscribe to view
DIBUTYL PHTHALATE (DBP)
84-74-2
<0.01% Plasticizer Subscribe to view
Lead
7439-92-1
<0.01% Metal Subscribe to view
Nickel
7440-02-0
<0.01% Metal Subscribe to view
CADMIUM
7440-43-9
<0.01% Metal Subscribe to view
Chromium
7440-47-3
<0.01% Metal Subscribe to view
Cobalt
7440-48-4
<0.01% Metal Subscribe to view
POLYCHLORINATED BIPHENYLS (PCBs)
<0.01% Carrier Subscribe to view
4-n-Octylphenol
1806-26-4
<0.01% Surfactant Subscribe to view
n-Nonylphenol
25154-52-3
<0.01% Surfactant Subscribe to view
Bisphenol A
80-05-7
<0.01% Contaminant Subscribe to view
Bisphenol S
80-09-1
<0.01% Contaminant Subscribe to view
2-Phenylphenol
90-43-7
<0.01% Antimicrobial pesticide Subscribe to view
DIISOBUTYL PHTHALATE (DIBP)
84-69-5
<0.01% Plasticizer Subscribe to view
Name % Weight Part % Weight Whole Function GREENSCREEN® Sources
Pulp, cellulose
65996-61-4
<100.00% <100.00% Fiber Subscribe to view
Lignin
9005-53-2
<50.00% <50.00% Fiber Subscribe to view
Calcium carbonate
471-34-1
<25.00% <25.00% Filler Subscribe to view
Kaolin
1332-58-7
<10.00% <10.00% Filler Subscribe to view
Starch
9005-25-8
<6.00% <6.00% Sizing agent Subscribe to view
WHITE MINERAL OIL
8042-47-5
<1.40% <1.40% Carrier Subscribe to view
Formaldehyde, polymer with 3-chloro-1-propene and phenol
28470-78-2
<1.30% <1.30% Resin Subscribe to view
C13-14 isoparaffin
64742-47-8
<0.90% <0.90% Carrier Subscribe to view
Soybean oil
8001-22-7
<0.80% <0.80% Carrier Subscribe to view
Carbon black
1333-86-4
<0.50% <0.50% Pigment Subscribe to view
Iron oxide
1332-37-2
<0.42% <0.42% Pigment Subscribe to view
2,5-Furandione, dihydro-, mono-C15-20-alkenyl derivs.
68784-12-3
<0.30% <0.30% Sizing agent Subscribe to view
Pigment Blue 15
147-14-8
<0.24% <0.24% Pigment Subscribe to view
C.I. Pigment Yellow 12
6358-85-6
<0.24% <0.24% Pigment Subscribe to view
Linseed oil
8001-26-1
<0.20% <0.20% Carrier Subscribe to view
Paraffin
8002-74-2
<0.20% <0.20% Slip resistance Subscribe to view
PHENANTHRENE
85-01-8
<0.08% <0.08% MOH Subscribe to view
Cobalt bis(2-ethylhexanoate)
136-52-7
<0.04% <0.04% Dessicant Subscribe to view
t-Butylhydroquinone
1948-33-0
<0.01% <0.01% Antioxidant Subscribe to view
Copper
7440-50-8
<0.01% <0.01% Metal Subscribe to view
DI(2-ETHYLHEXYL)PHTHALATE (DEHP) (primary CASRN)
117-81-7
<0.01% <0.01% Plasticizer Subscribe to view
DIBUTYL PHTHALATE (DBP)
84-74-2
<0.01% <0.01% Plasticizer Subscribe to view
Lead
7439-92-1
<0.01% <0.01% Metal Subscribe to view
Nickel
7440-02-0
<0.01% <0.01% Metal Subscribe to view
CADMIUM
7440-43-9
<0.01% <0.01% Metal Subscribe to view
Chromium
7440-47-3
<0.01% <0.01% Metal Subscribe to view
Cobalt
7440-48-4
<0.01% <0.01% Metal Subscribe to view
POLYCHLORINATED BIPHENYLS (PCBs)
<0.01% <0.01% Carrier Subscribe to view
4-n-Octylphenol
1806-26-4
<0.01% <0.01% Surfactant Subscribe to view
n-Nonylphenol
25154-52-3
<0.01% <0.01% Surfactant Subscribe to view
Bisphenol A
80-05-7
<0.01% <0.01% Contaminant Subscribe to view
Bisphenol S
80-09-1
<0.01% <0.01% Contaminant Subscribe to view
2-Phenylphenol
90-43-7
<0.01% <0.01% Antimicrobial pesticide Subscribe to view
DIISOBUTYL PHTHALATE (DIBP)
84-69-5
<0.01% <0.01% Plasticizer Subscribe to view

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Known or Potential Residuals

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HBN Resources (1)

HBN Resources for Product
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Report Optimizing Recycling: Criteria for Comparing and Improving Recycled Feedstocks in Building Products

Sources

Sources for Common Product Data
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4C
American
American Forest & Paper Association
American Soybean Association
Applegate MSDS
Biedermann
Bisphenol A and replacements in thermal paper: A review
Chicago
Comar
Comar 2
Ege
Englehard
Food packaging in the circular economy: Overview of chemical safety aspects for commonly used materials
Gans
Gans Soy Ink SDS
Gans Soy Plus
Gold Bond XP HPD
Huber
Inadvertent PCBs in Pigments
Kimya
Kirk Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology
Kruger
Lawter
Nippon
Norpac
NTP - Newsprint Inks
Optichem
PaperIndex
Patcham
Patent US5750253A
Pigment Yellow 12
PubChem - 2-Phenylphenol
PubChem - 2-Phenylphenol
PubChem - i-Octadecenyl succinic anhydride
Pulp
Quantification of chemical contaminants in the paper and board fractions of municipal solid waste
Quantification of chemical contaminants in the paper and board fractions of municipal solid waste - Supplementary Materials
Resolute
Spinks Ink Intense Black SDS
State of Washington Dept of Ecology - Product Testing for PCBs
Toyo
Trading
US
Welsh
Zipset