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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.

Prices

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.


2016 UK domestic mill £ per tonne ex worksJanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJune
Mixed papers47 - 5540 - 5243 - 5448 - 6250 - 6255 - 64
Old KLS (cardboard)65 - 7568 - 7870 - 8174 - 8375 - 8376 - 85
News and pams65 - 7065 - 7068 - 7368 - 7573 - 7877 - 82
Over-issue news80 - 8782 - 8787 - 9290 - 9593 - 9896 - 102
Sorted office waste126 - 131126 - 132126 - 134133 - 137136 - 141136 - 141
Coloured best pams118 - 123117 - 121117 - 121120 - 125124 - 126125 - 127
Multigrade107 - 112108 - 112110 - 115115 - 120119 - 123123 - 126
Light letter130 - 135133 - 136135 - 140136 - 143141 - 146145 - 148
White letter173 - 178175 - 180182 - 187185 - 190195 - 205195 - 205
2016 UK domestic mill £ per tonne ex worksJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember
Mixed papers65 - 7575 - 82----
Old KLS (cardboard)78 - 9585 - 105----
News and pams87 - 9595 - 105----
Over-issue news110 - 117120 - 128----
Sorted office waste140 - 143140 - 148----
Coloured best pams130 - 132130 - 135----
Multigrade129 - 133130 - 140----
Light letter148 - 152150 - 155----
White letter200 - 212205 - 215----
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