What I learnt at Chiang Kiong scrap paper plant

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.

Visit to Chiang Kiong

  • 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
Visit to Chiang Kiong

The black platform with yellow stripes is where vehicles stop to get weighed before and after dumping their loads. Also in the picture, the clumps of items on the left are where they store the non-paper items that they receive.

  • 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
Visit to Chiang Kiong

Here are stacks of packed cardboard bills, each at around 1.5m high. In the background, the blue macking is the ‘packer’.

  • 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
Visit to Chiang Kiong

We took a gamble and occupied the entry/exit access during a rather busy period. You can see a truck waiting to get out, while out of frame, trucks were queuing to get in.

There are limited photos cause we were barred from taking photos of the back of house area. That sounds familiar…

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