IPI repeats as top supplier to BC's biggest paper recycler

    VANCOUVER, April 19 /CNW/ - For the second year in a row, Catalyst Paper
has named International Paper Industries (IPI) its supplier of the year for
post-consumer paper used in recycling.
    IPI, a division of Ontario-based Halton Recycling, has shipped recovered
newspapers to Catalyst from North Vancouver, Vancouver, Surrey, Nanaimo,
Victoria and Courtenay/Comox since 1991. At Catalyst's recycling facility -
the largest of its kind in Western Canada - the paper is pulped, de-inked and
sent to Catalyst's other mills.
    The recycling facility, which is chain-of-custody certified by the Forest
Stewardship Council, has presented the supplier of the year award annually
since 1998 as part of its commitment to environmental sustainability and
continuous improvement. Suppliers are rated on paper quality, service
efficiency, timely response and their reliability and flexibility in shipping.
    Paper Recycling Division general manager Tom Fawcett said IPI earned
recognition for a second consecutive year because of its consistency in
supplying clean, high-quality recovered newspapers.
    "Recycling paper is all about getting maximum value from our natural
resources," said Fawcett. "As demand for new paper products containing
recycled content rises, the proven ability of suppliers like IPI to deliver
clean recovered newspapers from local sources becomes even more vital to our
ability to operate efficiently and economically."
    Clean paper means fewer shipments to landfills, better-quality pulp and
less mill wear and tear. By working with suppliers like IPI and carefully
studying waste paper sources, Catalyst has reduced contaminants like plastic,
metal and glue to less than one per cent of total weight, well below the
five-per-cent industry norm.
    Since Catalyst's recycling facility opened in 1991, the recovery rate for
newspapers in BC has risen from about 40 per cent to more than 70 per cent.
Catalyst annually processes 166,000 tonnes of this paper and uses it to make
new paper products that include as much as 40 per cent recycled content.

    Catalyst is a leading producer of mechanical printing papers in North
America. The company also produces market kraft pulp and owns Western Canada's
largest paper recycling facility. With five mills employing 3,500 people at
sites within a 160 kilometre radius on the south coast of British Columbia,
Catalyst has a combined annual capacity of 2.4 million tonnes of product.
Catalyst Paper Corporation common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange
under the symbol CTL. The company is headquartered in Vancouver, BC.

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For further information: Lyn Brown, Vice-President, Corporate Affairs
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