Recycling Terminology

Paper Recovery: the collection of used paper products.

Recycling: the process of creating a new product from a used one.

Recovery Rate: percentage of paper and paperboard consumed that gets recovered for recycling. Click here for paper recovery statistics.

Mixed Paper: A category of recovered paper that typically includes old magazines, old newspapers, catalogs, direct mail, paper bags, and paperboard (cereal and other boxes).

Old Corrugated (Cardboard) Containers (OCC): used corrugated (cardboard) containers that are typically recycled into shipping boxes.

Old Magazines (OMG): used magazines that can be recycled into to newsprint, tissue, writing paper, and/or paperboard.

Old Newspapers (ONP): used newspapers collected for recycling - often used to produce newsprint, recycled paperboard, tissue, and other paper grades.

Recycling Bin: containers used to collect recyclable materials in communities, workplaces, and schools.

Roll Carts: large, wheeled bins (often 48, 64, or 96-gallon) that communities may provide to residents for collection of their recyclables.

Baler: piece of recycling equipment used to compress old corrugated cardboard containers into cubes.

Pay As You Throw Recycling: a collection system that requires residents to pay a fee per bag of trash generated. In these programs, collection of recyclables is provided at lower cost.

Curbside Recycling: a collection system that requires residents to place recyclables in a bin or container at their curbside for regularly scheduled pick-up.

Drop-off Recycling: community recycling programs that require residents to separate and deliver recyclables to a designated site.

Dual-Stream Recycling: a curbside collection process in which residents separate paper products from all other recyclables.

Single-Stream Recycling: a curbside collection process that allows for all recyclables to be placed in one bin or cart with no separation.