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    The raw materials for papermaking come from two different material streams to Inland Empire Paper Company.


    Wood fibers make up 90% of the mix. These fibers start as the byproduct of sawmills that cut logs into boards and other building materials. Inland Empire Paper Company purchases wood chips from sawmills in the western United States and Canada, including mills that use IEP logs.


    Recycled fibers account for over 10-60% of the material that is used in our paper. Paper fibers can be recycled 5-8 times, making it one of the most useable recyclable materials produced today. IEP purchases waste paper from communities and puts it through cleaning and screening processes to make it reusable, then mixes it with the longer fibers from wood chips in the papermaking process.

    Inland Empire Paper is committed to obtaining and using as much recyclable material as possible. IEP works with our recycling partners to provide a steady market for their collected paper materials. These partnerships help keep our communities clean and provide support to local businesses.

    It’s just one more way Inland Empire Paper offers a helping hand to community businesses and works to keep our region green and clean!

    Trucking and transportation through Fiber Reclaim, Inc.

    IEP uses Fiber Reclaim, Inc. for all of our trucking, transportation and recycling needs. As part of our commitment to be good stewards of natural resources, our trucks are almost never driven empty – we find routes that allow us to deliver and pick up loads of wood chips and recyclables for the trip back to the Spokane Valley. Learn more about Fiber Reclaim.


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