Nine Dragons Paper – A Fortune From Recycling

nine-dragons.gifNot only is China’s richest person a woman, but she made her fortune by recycling paper. The Financial Times has an inspiring profile of Zhang Yin who’s company, Nine Dragons Paper, thrives by collecing scrap paper in the United States, recycling it, and selling it in China. Talk about trash to cash – her empire is now worth an estimated $3.4 Billion dollars.
(Also Reported on Treehugger)

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14 responses

  1. I work in a large law firm as a librian and am finding it impossible to have my books recycles. All recycling businesses tell me they won’t take them unless I remove the spines. This sounds absolutely absurd to me, someone has to have the ability to do this. I toss an insane amount of paper away every day and it makes me crazy. if I know how to go about having this paper shipped to China I would do it in a second.
    And phonebooks, how can we recycle those.

  2. My factories in Thailand need a lot of waste paper for more than 2000 tons. To 100, 000 tons monthly, especially for magazines, white-black and Newspaper.
    And in the same time, my factories produce a lot of used paper, OCC, more than 5000 tons monthly and collecting more than 10000 tons, all of these for selling to overseas
    I am very interested to buy Foreigner Corrugator Paper Machines and Paper Carton Making Machines for Completed Production Line for (used) second-hand or damaged machines.
    Myself I am half swiss and half thai, my native speaker are French, german and thai. I have more than ten years experiences in paper industries and in various Heavy Machines experiences as Sales Engineer in Switzerland. I have many Recycled (Paper) Knowledge due to my mother working as Corrugated Paper & Offset Paper’s Manufacturer and my father as Assistant of Industrial Minister. So that is why I know in personal many Industrial Owners in Thailand, that represent 87% of whole Industrial Thai Markets. I can prove you with executed documents.

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    2. Please contact me if you are Interested in buying loads of Cardboard, I am A recycling company located in Paramount California.

  3. I have access to a lot of cardboard in the eastcoast of the usa I am looking for someone interested in buying full loads

  4. I am looking for a new technology always thats y i always send comments and read for my information. i was impressed with the technology.

  5. I am researching the paper trading industry. How many of you are exporting paper and how are high fuel costs affecting your competitiveness?

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