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UK mills

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

Tissue mills use recovered paper and/or virgin pulp to produce tissue. The main source of recycled material for this sector is office waste paper. Mills in this sector include SCA, Kimberly Clark and Disley.


Waste paper, or paper for recycling, 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.

2017 UK domestic mill £ per tonne ex worksJanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJune
Mixed papers69 - 7976 - 8580 - 105---
Old KLS (cardboard)80 - 9588 - 10098 - 110---
News and pams80 - 9090 - 100100 - 108---
Over-issue news115 - 122120 - 127125 - 135---
Sorted office waste162 - 168164 - 169165 - 174---
Multigrade160 - 165160 - 165163 - 168---
Light letter165 - 175170 - 177175 - 180---
White letter225 - 230225 - 230225 - 230---
2017 UK domestic mill £ per tonne ex worksJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember
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MACH TECH DOUBLE BANNER NOV 2016 Mick George 22/10/15 234x60 Valpak Recycling uk 234 x60 may16
Powerday 234x120 21/11
T2E 234x60 august 2016 Clarity 234x60 Smart Solutions 1 234x60