On the trip to Chiang Kiong scrap paper collection plant at Defu Lane on 14 September, a representative from the company took us on a whirlwind tour of the place. This plant is where they purchase and pack used paper before shipping them to buyers in the region.
Here is what we learnt.
- 30-50 tonnes of used paper is received daily at Chiang Kiong; that’s around the mass of 5 elephants
- Because of the heavy volume of used paper and cardboard received, tractors and forklifts are used to shove and move the paper around
- The receiving process is semi-automated; they use a weighing platform to check vehicles for pre and post-deposit weight to calculate amount unloaded
- Paper wastes are split into three: newspaper, cardboard, and regular paper
- For regular paper, a lot of work goes into manual sorting, to separate colour from white paper
- They buy scrap paper from commercial partners as well as individual drive-ins
- They have a published rate for drive-in sellers; check their website or call in to find out
- While paper is the main focus here, they can accept other recyclables such as metal
- The paper is packed into blocks called bills via a machine; the packing process takes just minutes
- They sell these packed bills to buyers, which are based overseas; a regular destination is Malaysia
- Their busiest days are Mondays and Fridays; if you are planning to drive in to sell your used paper, best to avoid these days
There are limited photos cause we were barred from taking photos of the back of house area. That sounds familiar…