What is a Recycled Paper Cooperative?
PRC’s Paper Coop makes 100% recycled paper more affordable by purchasing large volumes of office paper directly from a paper mill and distributing it to coop members.
Generally, office supply companies and paper distributors provide bulk purchase discounts to businesses buying large volumes of paper in a single transaction. PRC’s cooperative model allows small to medium size businesses who may not meet the required volume threshold to obtain more affordable prices for their paper, making it more attainable to “buy recycled.”
What type of paper can be purchased through PRC’s Paper Coop?
Currently, the Paper Coop is offering 100% recycled content 8.5″ x11” white letter paper (20lb basis weight and 92 brightness). Legal size paper (8.5″x14″) and ledger size paper (11″x17″) can be special ordered. Please contact the Paper Coop directly at [email protected] for more information on these sizes. The specs on 100% recycled content paper offered through the Paper Coop are provided below.
This paper is also:
- Made in the USA
- FSC® Certified
- SFI® Certified Sourcing
- Process and Elemental Chlorine Free
- Acid Free for Archival Performance
Where is the Paper Coop paper produced?
PRC’s Paper Coop features 100% recycled content paper from American Eagle Paper Mills located in Tyrone, Pennsylvania.
Is delivery of my paper order available?
Delivery options may be available for orders of 10 cartons or more. Please contact us at [email protected] for pricing information based on order size.
Might the 100% recycled content paper jam my printer?
No. This office paper works on all office equipment and high-speed copy applications.
How does the quality of 100% recycled content paper compare with the virgin paper or 30% recycled content paper I usually purchase?
Over the past several decades, enhanced technology has allowed 100% recycled content paper to meet the same quality standards of virgin office paper and other recycled content paper. As stated above, American Eagle Paper Mill produces 100% recycled content paper that meets all standards with office equipment and high-speed applications.
Is on-demand ordering available?
No. With this cooperative model, PRC will schedule quarterly ordering/distribution cycles of 100% recycled content paper. Paper will be distributed on one specified day in the months of January, April, July, and October. PRC will notify its Paper Coop members if/when additional ordering/distribution cycles are added.
*In partnership with Construction Junction, 100% recycled content paper is available for purchase by the ream ($9 per ream) in-store at Construction Junction on Pittsburgh’s East End (214 N Lexington St, Pittsburgh, PA 15208) while supplies last.
Must I order a minimum amount of paper to participate in the Paper Coop?
A minimum of one carton (10 reams/carton, 500 sheets/ream) of 8.5″x11″ letter paper must be purchased to participate in the Paper Coop. Legal size paper (8.5″x14″) and ledger size paper (11″x17″) can be special ordered.
Individual reams (8.5″x11″) can be purchased in-store at Construction Junction (214 N Lexington St, Pittsburgh, PA 15208).
How much can I save by joining the Paper Coop?
Purchasing paper through PRC’s Paper Coop can save you $10 or more per carton, compared to market prices of 100% recycled content paper as of 2020. PRC’s Paper Coop price for 100% recycled content paper is more affordable than what is currently offered in the market for 100% recycled content and comparable to the market price of 30% recycled content paper. Large-scale office supply distributors often sell cartons of paper in sets of 3-reams, 5-reams, or 8-reams, so keep that in mind when comparing your current distributor’s price to the Paper Coop’s 10-ream carton price!
As more members join the Paper Coop and orders increase, prices may decrease in the future! Please help us spread the word about this new resource and encourage other businesses, organizations and institutes to join the Paper Coop!
How will I know when to pick-up my order?
PRC identifies the scheduled distribution date at www.prc.org/papercoop and within the Recycle Paper Cooperative online shop through Square.
Can I make special arrangements to pick up my paper if I am unavailable on the specified date?
By paying for the order in advance, you are committing to picking up the paper at the scheduled distribution date unless you’ve made prior arrangements for delivery. PRC is a nonprofit organization with limited office space in the Northside of Pittsburgh and unable to store paper orders after the scheduled distribution date. Please contact PRC as soon as you know you’re unable to pick up your paper order on the distribution date.