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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 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.

2015 UK domestic mill £ per tonne ex worksJanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJune
Mixed papers35 - 5032 - 4725 - 45---
Old KLS (cardboard)57 - 7057 - 6957 - 69---
News and pams69 - 7969 - 7745 - 50---
Over-issue news77 - 8577 - 8355 - 60---
Sorted office waste131 - 136130 - 133127 - 131---
Coloured best pams127 - 132126 -127122 - 124---
Multigrade125 - 129125 - 128122 - 126---
Light letter135 - 140135 - 142135 -142---
White letter165 - 175165 - 180165 - 180---
2015 UK domestic mill £ per tonne ex worksJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember
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