Up to 30 kg of reject plastic is separated when 1 ton of paper is recycled. Every year nearly 450 tons of plastic is sent to landfill from us at a cost of 36 000 EUR. As the numbers should be similar across the industry then by calculation 1,7M tons of mixed plastic waste is created in EU paper recycling sector yearly.
Mixed plastic waste that is produced at paper recycling (PE, PET and other plastics) is very complicated and challenging to reuse.
This is a problem for the whole paper recycling industry.
There have been trials to gasify the wastes with different methods but this has not become industry standard. For us it seems that technology to turn the waste into some product would be better (water-proof pallets, edge-protectors, parking lot stoppers ect).