Waste Paper

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

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.

Waste paper

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


£per tonne ex worksJanFebMarAprMayJun
Mixed papers45 - 6545 - 6145 - 5738 - 5743 - 5642 - 53
Old KLS (cardboard)63 - 7860 - 7660 - 7260 - 7262 - 7060 - 68
News and pams90 - 9388 - 9383 - 8883 - 9083 - 9085 - 90
Over-issue news90 - 10090 - 9890 - 9494 - 9895 - 10295 - 100
Sorted office waste107 - 114114 - 118116 - 120117 - 122117 - 122117 - 124
Coloured best pams106 - 112112 - 116113 - 116115 - 118116 - 118116 - 120
Multigrade110 - 115113 - 117115 - 118117 - 121118 - 122118 - 124
Light letter125 - 130127 - 130128 - 133130 - 135133 - 138133 - 138
White letter150 - 160155 - 160155 - 160155 - 165158 - 165160 - 167
£per tonne ex worksJulAugSepOctNovDec
Mixed papers35 - 5234 - 52----
Old KLS (cardboard)62 - 7062 - 70----
News and pams80 - 9082 - 90----
Over/issue news90 - 9590 - 95----
Sorted office waste120 - 125122 - 127----
Coloured best pams118 - 120120 - 124----
Multigrade119 - 124120 - 124----
Light letter135 - 140135 - 140----
White letter165 - 175165 - 175----
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