DMR Quality

ACM are proactive in working with customers to ensure all Dry Mixed Recycling is as clean as possible, to try to prevent any material being rejected at the processing facility. Due to changes in commodity markets in 2018, the whole industry is tightening up on the quality of DMR that is being collected, with a move to only accepting materials listed as allowed in DMR.  Post April 2019 pricing for Dry Mixed Recycling is predicted to show a large increase due to these above pressures. Please ask your ACM Account Manager for more information on this. 

Below is a breakdown on cardboard and wooden pallets, two waste streams which have also seen market changes recently. Please take note of our tips on how to get the best value out of your commodities in the New Year!



Commodity values for cardboard have seen a dip in the last couple of months and ACM predict that the prices will probably dip into the New Year since it’s not unusual for this material to flood the markets. Because of this, it will become commonplace free of charge collections to ask of a minimum tonnage of 3 tonnes.

In order to gauge the best value out of your cardboard, it is best to:

  • Try to keep your material as clean as possible! Any sign of food waste, damp/wet bales or contaminated cardboard can affect the grade of your waste stream.
  • Take a photo of your bales! Photos will confirm the quality of grade of the material and we can give a rough estimate of what return you can be expected. Alternatively, if the waste carrier can provide you with a waste collection note confirming the grade, we can give figures based on this information. 

If you are interested about the different grades of cardboard, please find our control list here.

Pallets (Wood) 

Pallets have a small increase in rebate value, due to the demand in stamped euro size required for the National Distribution Centres (NDCs). Because of this, more and more people have been found stockpiling their pallets in order to push the rate up higher. However, we predict that this will not be a permanent change as we foresee the price dropping around early 2019.


If you have any concerns or questions regarding your commodities, feel free to contact us at or give us a call on 08700 777 555 and we’ll be happy to have a chat.

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