What is OCC?
Old Corrugated Containers, commonly referred to in the industry as OCC, consists of used boxes, containers or other packaging made from unbleached, un-waxed paper with a ruffled, or corrugated, inner liner. These corrugated materials, also called containerboard, are used for things like pizza or shipping boxes. If you tear a corrugated box, you’ll see there are really three layers to the material, with one layer that is rigid.
While OCC may sound and seem a lot like boxboard, there is, in fact, a difference between the two. Cardboard is a heavy-duty paper stock used for things like cereal boxes or smaller packages. Both are recyclable, but they may garner different recycling values on the commodities market.