Waste paper

*Click on the archive link to the left for Waste Paper Prices*

Waste paper recycling plays an important role within the papermaking sector in the UK and is the main material used to make newsprint for newspapers and cardboard for boxes.

FOR historic waste paper price indicators, click on the Paper Prices Archive link to the left - or you can also see below for 2014 price indicators. Prices are ex-works, £ per tonne.

Latest data available shows that in 2012, collection of waste paper for recycling in the UK rose by 1.5% to 8.15 million tonnes compared to 2011. On this basis the 2012 recycling rate was 70%, a 3% rise on the previous year.

Exports of waste paper from the UK represented 55% of total UK collections, a 1.1% increase on 2011. China dominated the export market accounting for 70% of UK total exports during the year.

UK mills

In the UK the three main types of mills are those producing tissue products, cardboard and newsprint. There are three newsprint mills: Aylesford Newsprint in Kent, Palm Paper in Norfolk and UPM in north Wales. All use 100% recycled fibre, mainly newspapers and magazines. The cardboard sector includes: DS Smith with mills including Kemsley in Kent, SAICA at Partington near Manchester; Smurfit Kappa with a plant in Birmingham and in Kent; and northern mills including Sonoco.

Tissue mills use recovered paper although some also use virgin pulp to produce tissue. The main source of material for this sector is from office waste paper, known as the mid-grades. There are several mills in this sector including Kimberly Clark and others such as Disley.

Prices

Price indicators shown below are for material ex works usually baled or supplied to a mill specification. Prices can vary regionally. Contractual arrangements may differ. Price guides are compiled by letsrecycle.com and are not guaranteed. letsrecycle.com started publishing export prices in 2004. We welcome feedback, email: news@letsrecycle.com

2014 UK Domestic Mill Prices

UK DOMESTIC MILL PRICE INDICATORS £ per tonne

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Mixed papers 45 - 65 45 - 61 45 - 57 38 - 57 43 - 56 42 - 53
Old KLS (cardboard) 63 - 78 60 - 76 60 - 72 60 - 72 62 - 70 60 - 68
News and pams 90 - 93 88 - 93 83 - 88 83 - 90 83 - 90 85 - 90
Over-issue news 90 - 100 90 - 98 90 - 94 94 - 98 95 - 102 95 - 100
Sorted office waste 107 - 114 114 - 118 116 - 120 117 - 122 117 - 122 117 - 124
Coloured best pams 106 - 112 112 - 116 113 - 116 115 - 118 116 - 118 116 - 120
Multigrade 110 - 115 113 - 117 115 - 118 117 - 121 118 - 122 118 - 124
Light letter 125 - 130 127 - 130 128 - 133 130 - 135 133 - 138 133 - 138
White letter 150 - 160 155 - 160 155 - 160 155 - 165 158 - 165 160 - 167
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Mixed papers 35 - 52 34 - 52
Old KLS (cardboard) 62 - 70 62 - 70
News and pams 80 - 90 82 - 90
Over-issue news 90 - 95 90 - 95
Sorted office waste 120 - 125 122 - 127
Coloured best pams 118 - 122 120 - 124
Multigrade 119 - 124 121 - 126
Light letter 135 - 140 135 - 140
White letter 165 - 175 165 - 175

UK DOMESTIC MILL PRICE INDICATORS £ per tonne

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UK DOMESTIC MILL PRICE INDICATORS £ per tonne

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2014 Export prices

Waste paper usually moves to UK paper mills or overseas mills via a waste paper merchant or the merchanting arm of a waste management company or via a mill-owned merchant.

Additionally, representatives of overseas mills, notably China, also purchase in the UK. The letsrecycle.com guide prices - in £ per tonne - shown here are indicative of prices which may be paid for collection of material by the domestic mills (ex-works) or by exporters. We also indicate what a local waste paper merchant might pay and this is usually for smaller loads.

Price indicators are for material ex works usually baled or supplied to a mill specification. Price guides are compiled by letsrecycle.com and are not guaranteed. letsrecycle.com started publishing export prices in 2004. We welcome feedback, email: news@letsrecycle.com

2014 Export prices - £ per tonne

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Mixed papers 68 - 78 68 - 70 57 - 62 53 - 61 53 - 62 52 - 60
Old KLS (cardboard) 91 - 98 88 - 92 76 - 80 70 - 75 72 - 76 71 - 76
News and pams 90 - 95 88 - 95 85 - 93 83 - 90 85 - 91 85 - 92
Multigrade 110 - 117 117 - 122 118 - 123 119 - 125 122 - 127 122 - 128
White letter 165 - 175 175 - 185 180 - 187 190 - 205 195 - 205 195 - 205
Best white 2 210 - 220 220 - 230 225 - 232 230 - 238 230 - 240 230 - 242
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Mixed papers 53 - 61 55 - 61
Old KLS (cardboard) 74 - 79 75 - 80
News and pams 80 - 90 80 - 88
Multigrade 124 - 130 126 - 130
White letter 200 - 208 200 - 208
Best white 2 235 - 245 235 - 243

2014 Export prices - £ per tonne

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2014 Merchant prices

2014 Merchant prices - £ per tonne or gate fee

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Mixed papers 5 - 25 5 - 20 5 - 20 5 - 15 5 - 15 5 - 15
Old KLS (cardboard) 15 - 30 10 - 25 10 - 25 10 - 20 10 - 20 10 - 20
News & Pams 25 - 32 25 - 30 25 - 30 25 - 30 25 - 32 25 - 33
Mixed coloured office waste 30 - 45 30 - 45 30 - 45 30 - 45 30 - 45 30 - 45
White office paper 35 - 48 38 - 50 40 - 50 40 - 50 40 - 50 40 - 50
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Mixed papers 5 - 15 5 - 15
Old KLS (cardboard) 15 - 20 15 - 20
News & Pams 25 - 35 25 - 35
Mixed coloured office waste 30 - 45 35 - 45
White office paper 40 - 50 40 - 52

2014 Merchant prices - £ per tonne or gate fee

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